WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s a problem across the country and right here in western Massachsuetts: speeding drivers. Wilbraham Police found cars whipping by a local school on Wednesday, putting children at risk.
Wilbraham Police staked out Wilbraham Middle School during school hours, and found many drivers were speeding, putting your kids at risk. Officers issued five speeding citations in just 20 minutes.
“There’s a lot of kids that walk to school with the crosswalks here and it’s very easy to not pay attention when you’re not going the speed limit,” said Wilbraham Police Officer Joseph Brewer.
During the school day, the speed limit outside Wilbraham Middle School is 20 mph in the school zone on Stony Hill Road. After school hours, that jumps back up to 35 mph.
However, police said they still saw drivers going more than 40 mph Wednesday morning. That’s why their cracking down. To protect kids, and the crossing guards.
“With us out here in the beginning of school kind of reminding the drivers that schools back in session, we’re able to help them do their job safely as well,” Officer Brewer said.
He told 22News, anyone caught traveling 10 miles above the speed limit receives a base fine of $105. It’s an extra $10 for every mile-per-hour above that.