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Operation Safe School Zone to Take Effect Today

The Suffolk County Police Department will be cracking down on traffic violations in school zones as students throughout the county return to school this week.


Officers from Patrol, Community Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE) and Highway Patrol Bureau will be stationed in school zones throughout the police district from September 7 until September 30 in an effort to enhance roadway and student safety. Police will be concentrating on traffic violations committed in school zones, including speeding, tailgating, passing school buses during loading and unloading and junior driver’s license violations.


Officers, who will be patrolling in marked and unmarked cars, will also be strictly enforcing distracted driving violations, targeting those who drive while talking or texting on a cell phone. The enhanced police presence around schools will not only keep students safe, but will also serve as a stark reminder of the dangers these violations pose.

“Back to school is an exciting time for both parents and students alike and we want to make sure that we keep our kids safe during this time,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy. “The enhanced patrol will serve as an important reminder to drivers to be extra vigilant of vehicle and traffic laws in and around school zones.”


“Keeping students safe as they arrive to and leave from school is a high priority,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer. “Drivers must be aware of the real risks created by dangerous driving in school zones and we will not tolerate unsafe driving in and around our schools.”

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