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Police ticket 20 drivers during first day of school
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Twenty traffic citations were issued to parents and teen drivers on the first day of the school Thursday morning.

Manteca Police motorcycle officers focused on the north and west sides of town as well as the east side of Yosemite Avenue.

Motor Sergeant Paul Carmona said the citations were issued for speed, seat belt violations, cell phone use along with two drivers without licenses and one with a misdemeanor warrant.  Officers were reportedly making use of their radar guns to check the speed of motorists.

Sgt. Carmona added that his motorcycle officers will be watching the traffic flow again this morning but at different locations than on Thursday in their effort to protect the children returning to the classrooms in town.

Sgt. Paul Carmona said his officers were focusing on the areas of North Union Road and Northgate Drive as well as the east Yosemite Avenue school sites.  Carmona said his motor officers will be out in force again on Friday but at different locations.

The motor officers were making use of their radar units as well as being vigilant while on routine patrol. 

 In past years motorists have been cautioned about dropping their children off across the street from their school causing them to run between traffic and causing a backup of parents in a line of traffic.  Also parents have been warned of the danger of walking a small child through traffic to get to their school – an unintended education of children that they might follow in the future causing a fatal outcome.

One suggestion is to leave a little early for school so that unexpected accidents don’t happen.