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Police Crack Down on Speeders near Schools

HONESDALE — Police in part of Wayne County are cracking down on drivers who speed near schools. When school lets out at the high school, middle school, or...
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HONESDALE -- Police in part of Wayne County are cracking down on drivers who speed near schools.

When school lets out at the high school, middle school, or elementary schools in Honesdale it gets busy on Terrace, Grove, and Ridge Streets with students walking home and drivers going in all directions.

"Some cars go by really fast and almost hit me, so I have to swerve onto the side. Some cars do the speed limit like they're supposed to," said Honesdale High School freshman Brianna Flora.

Flora walks home and has to watch her back. She worries that drivers will not see her, especially on Ridge Street which has no sidewalk.

Anyone who lives near the schools knows how she feels.

"If they're going too fast down the hill, it's a downgrade, people go a little faster as it is," said Brian Cottell.

Honesdale Mayor Jack Bishop said people complained to him that drivers go too fast, so he directed police to start patrolling the streets around the schools.

Within a matter of minutes, we saw officers pull over two drivers for going too fast on Ridge Street.

"It's a safety issue. That's all we care about, don't want anyone to get hurt," said Bishop.

Police in Honesdale only just started sitting on streets near the high school, middle school, and elementary schools, trying to catch speeders. Right now, they can only pull drivers over if they're going 10 miles an hour over the 25 miles per hour limit.

And for students like Flora, having police around should increase the chance of getting home safely.

"I think it's really good, they're actually trying to save my life. I think it's pretty awesome."