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Spartanburg Police officers patrol school zones

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Traffic officers with the Spartanburg Police Department urge drivers to slow down in school zones. (FOX Carolina/ August 16, 2016) Traffic officers with the Spartanburg Police Department urge drivers to slow down in school zones. (FOX Carolina/ August 16, 2016)
Traffic officers with the Spartanburg Police Department patrol school zone on Church Street. (FOX Carolina/ August 16, 2016) Traffic officers with the Spartanburg Police Department patrol school zone on Church Street. (FOX Carolina/ August 16, 2016)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

There's a neighborhood that sits just behind Carver Middle School in Spartanburg where those who live in the community say they see a lot of traffic.

"As far as like traffic, we got a lot of people that come through speeding," Talia Mills said. She knows what it's like to lose a young person.

"You see I got one we lost this summer," Mills said.

Her cousin, 16-year-old Markel Nesbitt drowned this summer in Lake Lyman. She said she doesn't want to see another young life lost

"Distraught is not the word," she said as she thought about her little cousin.

So, she wants drivers in the area to slow down.

"We've got the elementary school and the middle school right here and children are always out here," she said.

The neighborhood also sits behind a busy church street, which is a four-lane road.

"The main priority is safety to the motorists and the kids who are going to school," Sgt. Ronnie Forrester.

The speed limit in school zones is 25 MPH.

"Most will be lit up with signs or signage before you get to it," Forrester said.

He's works with the Spartanburg Police Department and says drivers need to pay attention.

"People need to lay that phone down," he said.

Traffic officers say they're looking for speeders, but it's not about writing tickets, it's about decreasing wrecks.

"Slow down and relax," Forrester said.

So, police say the next time you see flashing lights in a school zone, slow down so you want see their flashing blue lights.

Police say depending on how fast you're driving through a school zone a ticket could cost anywhere from $76-$400. Officers with the traffic unit say they on the first day of school they wrote 16 tickets in school zones in Spartanburg.

Last year, on the first day, they wrote 12 tickets. Police say right now they need more crossing guards.

If you're interested in becoming a crossing guard call the Spartanburg Police Department at (864) 596-2035.

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