HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV) -- A new school year has begun at James Madison University as students head to class, work on their schedules and buy their books.
For the Harrisonburg Police Department it's a different story. For them, during the first month of classes, they have extra patrols on duty on the weekends, which includes extra traffic patrols and other units. It's all in an effort to keep students safe as well as people in Harrisonburg safe.
Lieutenant Rod Pollard with Special Operations for Harrisonburg Police Department says that the Department will have extra patrols on bikes watching for nuisance violations and alcohol violations while jay walking is a secondary concern.
With more patrols, officers are also watching out for fights and violent crimes. Another priority is keeping kids and drivers safe.
"Eating just doing other things while you're not paying attention to the road. With increased traffic coming into the city during the college return, there's a lot more cars on the road and there's a lot more people that need to be aware of their surroundings," said Lt. Pollard.
With thousands of students back in town, there is also a lot more traffic. Lt. Pollard says it's good to stay alert as a driver and also as someone who's walking around. And one tip he gives me is to stay off your cell phones, while you're driving.