WALLA WALLA -- More police officers on foot, in cars and on motorcycles are expected around the city's 10 public schools as part of a new campaign to crack down on aggressive drivers in school zones.
The Walla Walla Aggressive Drivers Response Team is a collaboration between Walla Walla Public Schools and city and county officials. The recently launched program is a response to growing concerns from parents and community members on traffic safety around schools.
Since the school year started in late August, at least four children have been struck by vehicles on their way to school, and many others have had close calls, said Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Mick Miller in a release.
The School District is covering part of the cost for additional patrols in school zones, with some of the extra enforcement being handled by officers working off-duty shifts. Officers will subscribe to a "zero tolerance" approach to traffic infractions in school zones.
Miller described the new program as a collaboration of the three public offices, with each tackling greater enforcement, awareness and education.
The launch of the new effort coincides with another recently formed group, established by concerned parents in response to traffic safety. "To & From: The Safe Travels Alliance" is working with community members and city officials to improve traffic issues around schools, while educating parents, students and staff on getting to and from school safely.