Each morning and afternoon hundreds of school kids are put in danger and you could be the one doing it.

No matter how many times drivers see flashing school lights, there are always those who don't slow down.  Overland Road in Southwest Roanoke tends to be the one of the main spots where drivers are getting busted.

At 7 o'clock in the morning it only took two Roanoke City policeman 45 minutes to pull over their daily number of school zone speeders.  They cite anywhere from 10 to 15 during that time period.  While some of those citations are for expired registration among other offenses, a lot of them are for speeding.


During the first week of school this year city police wrote 55 tickets.  The second and third weeks, the numbers dropped drastically.  Four citations during the week of August 26th.  Three citations during the week of September 3rd.

Police say the sharp decline is because people realize they're watching.

"Three to four weeks into the school year everybody tends to slow down and it seems to peak out somewhere around Christmas or so," says Officer Ray Shanks with the Roanoke City Police Department.

 No matter what time of year, Seddrina Ferebee won't allow the kids she watches to cross the street by themselves. Even crossing the street herself, she's had a few close calls with speeders.

 "Yea, very upset and nervous," says Ferebee.

Sandra Hunt, a crossing guard at Westside Elementary says the same. Our camera was rolling when a driver tried to pass her even though she was clearly in the street .

"Everybody blows through here," says Hunt.

At this point, police say their mornings are fairly slow except for those few drivers not paying attention.  But city police have no plans to cut back on patrols and want drivers to know, they're watching.