Police plan to monitor traffic in school zones

With the start of school Monday, the Pine Bluff Police Department will be enforcing zero tolerance in all school zones in the city, according to Interim Police Chief Jeff Hubanks.

“We want to get the kids off to a good, safe start and hopefully that will carry on for the rest of the year,” Hubanks said.

He said officers from both the patrol and traffic divisions will be monitoring school zones, paying particular attention to crosswalks at Jack Robey Junior High School and Coleman Intermediate School.

Hubanks said officers also will be watching for people attempting to pass stopped school buses, which is illegal.

The 25 mph speed limit in school zones will be strictly enforced, Lt. David Price said in a press release earlier this week.

When school is not in session, the speed limit on Dollarway Road between Sturgis Road and Bush Street is 30 mph.

“We want people to be careful when they drive through school zones and if they don’t, we’re going to get into their pockets,” Hubanks said.