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Police Ramping Up Traffic Enforcement Around Schools

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APD is on the lookout for unsafe drivers near area schools.

The Austin Police Department is cracking down on traffic violations around schools.

Today, APD announced an initiative to focus on drivers who speed or use their cell phones in school zones. They also want to make sure drivers don’t pass school buses or ignore crossing guards.

In 2009, Austin passed a ban on texting or using the internet while driving. This week, KUT News learned officers have only given out 26 tickets under that law since January of 2010.

The school zone crackdown starts Tuesday and runs through May 24. The above map detail shows schools marked for extra enforcement, with schools in yellow designated as high priority. You can view the entire map online.  

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