By Brian Heap (WICHITA, Kan.)
Monday is the first day of the 2009-2010 public school year across Wichita and many other Kansas communities.
And the return of school means the Eyewitness News "In the Zone" team is putting fresh batteries in the radar gun and hitting the streets to keep your kids safe.
Last year, our team generated some buzz in the community with its effort to check speeds in school zones and encourage drivers to obey the law. We found that most drivers keep their speed close to 20 miles per hour. However, we did find speeders at every location we visited. In some cases, they were going 10-15 miles per hour over the limit.
"It's our responsibility to make that a safe and secure area," said Wichita Police Captain Max Tenbrook.
The City of Wichita issued 182 tickets for speeding in school zones during the 2008-2009 school year, according to records given to us by the municipal court. That averaged approximately one ticket per school day citywide. Police believe they catch about one out of every five speeders.