Police Paying Extra Attention As Kids Return To School

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- On Wednesday, kids in Waynesboro returned to school.

In part two of our back-to-school safety series, I had the opportunity to ride along with police as they try to enforce safety for students heading back to school.

To see how safe drivers were being, I actually had the fortune of getting in an undercover police car with Waynesboro Police Sgt. Charles Baugher, a 20-year veteran of the force.

He says on weeks like this one in particular, police keep a close eye on school zones for things like illegal turning, speeding and rolling through stop signs.

"Folks get in a hurry because there's more traffic and more congestion and their travel time increases, which causes impatience," said Baugher.

Within 15 minutes of being on patrol, a woman was pulled over for having things in front of her rear-view mirror.

About 10 minutes later, another person was pulled over for an illegal turn.

It's not just police who are monitoring safety. At Kate Collins Middle School, a new turn policy is in place.

"We have our new right-hand turn lane out front. That helps traffic run faster and more smoothly. Cars understand that you have a specific flow that you need to follow so that kids walking to school as well as kids being dropped off to school are kept safe," said Janet Buchheit, the principal at Kate Collins Middle School.

Police advise people that the best way to avoid getting pulled over and having to deal with some trouble is to allow yourself extra time this week getting to where you need to go with all the kids heading back to school

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