Slow down! Officers issue several tickets on first few days of school

NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) -- School is in full swing for students in Nampa and will soon start for all other Treasure Valley districts.

In just the first two days of classes, Nampa Police officers say they've already issued several tickets to drivers speeding in school zones -- and that ticket will cost you about $60 more than a normal speeding ticket.

It comes with a $150 price tag.

"Our problem is speed," said Nampa Police Sgt. Matt Pavelek. "People don't notice the school zones, or they don't notice the yellow flashing lights, or they don't notice the signs with the hours written on them and don't realize they're in a school zone."

Those slower speeds are in effect for about two hours every day - one hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon.

Pavelek says it's not just the drivers they're here patrolling. He reminds students walking to class to make sure to use the crosswalks when crossing the street.

He says so far there haven't been any close calls on accidents between students and vehicles, but says patrol officers will be out in full force continuing to keep these streets safe.