MEDFORD, Ore. — As advertised over the weekend, the Medford Police Department stepped up its enforcement of school speed zones on Monday, issuing dozens of citations in less than three hours.
Middle and high school students in Medford were returning to the classroom Monday morning, so the agency added extra patrols to some school zones through the morning hours. In the space of 2.5 hours, traffic and school resource officers issued 45 citations to drivers for speed violations.
"Many of the violations were for 15 to 20 miles per-hour over the speed limit," Medford Police said.
On top of the speeding tickets, officers issued 27 warnings for speed violations and handful of citations for other reasons. MPD issued one citations for driving while suspended, five for driving uninsured, and two for operating a vehicle without driving privileges.
"We continue to ask drivers to be aware of school zones and use caution when driving through them. It is important to know that fines for speed violations increase significantly when they are within a designated school zone," MPD said.
Zones adjacent to school grounds will have signage displaying the speed limit of 20 miles per-hour when flashing, or on school days from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Zones at school crosswalks away from school grounds will have signs displaying to speed limit of 20 miles per-hour when flashing or when children are present.