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DRIVER BEWARE, Deputies are cracking down on speeding drivers in school zones. 59News is working for you and we take viewers on a ride along with the Fayette County Sheriff's Department as they patrol school zones to keep students safe. 59News Reporter Lauren Hensley buckles up for the ride.

During the week of October 21 through 25, deputies are out in full force all over Fayette County cracking down on school zone violations. Sgt. Shawn Campbell has been patrolling near Gatewood Elementary School.

"The safety of the children is paramount it is something we take very seriously and this is why patrols like this are allotted," Sgt. Campbell said.

Keeping students safe is the reason behind the increased patrols and out first spot to watch is just after 2:30, as Gatewood Elementary School let's out.

Most Fayette County school zones last from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A few cars creep on by all obeying the 15 mile an hour school zone limit.  Sgt. Campbell said this is not typical of one of their patrols saying they usually catch driver's speeding.

"It is usually a matter of impatient people always have to be somewhere as fast as they can and that is usually not the safest way to operate a vehicle," Sgt. Campbell said.

Our next duty is to check for driver's who pass school buses while students are loading or unloading.  Breaking this law can cost your more than $200 in fines.

Our crews follow bus 310 along Route 16, making stops in neighborhoods from Fayetteville to Beckwith.

"At this point in time I am looking for people who don't stop when the stop sign on the bus is up," Sgt. Campbell said. "As you can see there are very small children coming off the bus," he said after a few pint-sized students walk across the street to get home.

Our crews didn't find any violators on our 10 mile loop. But the Sheriff's Department wants drivers to know safety of our students come first and school safety violations will not be tolerated.