Copperas Cove: Police Enforce School Zone Laws

Speed Limits - An operator of a motor vehicle must decrease their speed during morning and

afternoon hours, as designated in school zone areas marked by signs and/or flashing signals.
Phone Calls - An operator of a motor vehicle may not use a wireless communication device
while operating a motor vehicle within a school zone unless the vehicle is stopped or the
device is used with a hands-free device. An affirmative defense to prosecution regarding this
offense is that the wireless communication device was used to make an emergency call to an
emergency response service, a hospital, a fire department, a health clinic, a medical doctor's
office, an individual to administer first aid treatment or a police department, and does not
apply to an operator of an authorized emergency vehicle while acting in an official capacity.
Text Messaging - An operator of a motor vehicle may not use a wireless communication
device to view, send, or compose an electronic message or engage other application software
while operating a motor vehicle in a designated school zone.

COPPERAS COVE (August 25, 2014) The Copperas Cove Police Department was out Monday enforcing school zone laws.

Officers worked morning and afternoon handing out tickets to those who did not follow the rules of the road. Six additional officers were assigned this year to focus just on school zone areas. Units from Fort Hood also helped patrol the schools that they adopted.

1st Medical Brigade was at S.C. Lee Junior High with 10 soldiers who helped direct traffic and guard the roads.

"It's really great just to get out here in the community and help these kids out get to their first school and make sure they're safe getting there," said Spc. Max Massaglia on Monday.

"Yeah, it's not just me yelling at them. Cause I used to be that guy so if the police don't catch them I'm sure as heck going to let them know," said parent Jason Grubb.

Grubb said it's good to have the soldiers helping out and was glad to hear that more police were on duty for the first day of school.

Sergeant Martin Ruiz with the Copperas Cove Police Department said that they notice many drivers forget that summer for kids is over. "It's been three months that school's been out and they kind of forget they go into work and coming back from work in makes them aware that oh, schools getting ready to start."

"It's safe, I can go to work and not have to worry," said Grubb about the extra patrol.

Copperas Cove Police will be out enforcing the school zone laws for the next few days along with the fire department and Fort Hood Soldiers.

Police want to remind drivers of the Copperas Cove school laws.

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