Police cracking down on speeders through school zones

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) Thousands of southern Colorado school kids are getting back into a routine as the start of another school year begins.

Several school districts, including Falcon District 49, Harrison District 2 and Pueblo County District 70 are all back in session. Colorado Springs School District 11 starts Thursday.

With all those students back in school, police are warning drivers to slow down.

"Whenever it comes to the beginning of the school year, we always want to focus down on traffic safety in school zones...that's just not specific to elementary schools; also our middle schools and high schools," said Lt. Howard Black with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Springs police say they patrol school zones heavily during the first few months of the school year.

Police say in the first two months of the 2015, they issued around 600 summons to drivers in school zones.

Penalties for speeding in a school zone are steep. The fine for speeding is $10 per mile over the limit, but in a school zone that amount is doubled. It's also an automatic court appearance.