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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It’s not a new problem, but it’s getting renewed attention.

The Greensboro Police Department is cracking down on speeding, seatbelt usage, and other traffic violations along East Lee Street near Dudley High School.

The school zone and crosswalks at Lincoln Street and East Lee have been the main focus.

“What we’re finding out is a lot of time for crossing guards, traffic’s just not stopping for them. It’s putting the students at risk. And not all of the students are always necessarily using the crosswalks either, so we're working on all of that,” said Officer J.B. Price with GPD.

He said about 250 students from Dudley High School and The Academy at Lincoln walk through the area every day.

Dudley High School student Tarey Wilson is one of them. He’s glad to see the officers helping out.

“Seriously, it make me nervous sometimes when I’m crossing by, some people just go on like they don’t see us,” he said.

Price said they’ve had complaints for years about traffic problems at this particular intersection, and there is now signage and blinking lights in an effort to warn drivers they’re entering a school zone.

But because they are still getting complaints from parents, crossing guards and citizens, GPD launched a new operation two weeks ago.

Nine officers wrote forty tickets in a 1.5 hour timeframe Thursday afternoon. Those included speeding in a school zone (25), child restraint violations (2), no operator’s license (1), driving while license revoked (2), registration violations (6), and seatbelt violations (4).

Crossing guard Charley Posey added, “I’ve been working this job eleven years. I love it because I love to work with the kids. But I don’t like to see speeders.”

Drivers are required to slow from 35 mph to 25 mph during the designated times.