Greensboro police begin Operation School Watch

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Greensboro police officers patrol school zones to help with back-to-school traffic safety.

Traffic Safety Unit member Officer J.B. Price said Monday additions around Lincoln Street and Gate City Boulevard have been noticed by drivers.

"School zones operated like they should, however, the one thing we did witness this morning was a decrease in the speeds of the school zones," Price said.

The unit was able to enforce a list of changes to signage and school zone times after a presentation to North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The unit conducted a study in May that resulted in multiple traffic violations around the school zone on everything from speeding to texting while driving.

Approximately 18 officers and their supervisors will be patrolling school zone areas throughout the Operation School Watch period and after.

"We're going to be monitoring the schools a little more closely this year than we have in the past so expect so see officers in locations and in school zones particularly that you didn't last year," Price said.