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Sheriff’s Office boosts patrols in county’s school zones

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office has initiated a crackdown on speeding and distracted driving in school zones.

Increased patrols in school zones were announced Wednesday by Sheriff Timothy B. Howard. They will extend through the end of the current school year and beyond, for districts with summer sessions.

“We are urging drivers to slow down and pay attention in the area’s school zones,” Howard said. “Deputies will be patrolling these zones and will not tolerate speeding around our schools.”

The lowest maximum speed in a school zone is 15 mph, and zones can extend as far as one-quarter mile from school grounds, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Those who speed in school zones may face fines of up to $800 and 30 days in jail.