Bismarck police increase patrols around school zones

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BISMARCK, N.D. - With the start of the school year, streets that were empty during the summer months are now packed during the 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.hours.

The Bismarck Police Department has increased patrols around school zones during those hours.

Police say the number one complaint they receive is about speeding.

During morning hours, officers monitor roads and speak with parents and children about road safety.

Lt. Jeff Solemsaas says they receive a majority of complaints during the afternoon.

"In the afternoon it's more of the enforcement aspect. Just getting people to try to slow down. Pay attention to school kids that are out and about. Walking to and from school. Maybe this time they're riding their bikes," said Solemsaas.

Solemsaas' advice to parents is to have patience and to plan their routes accordingly.

Leave room for extra time in the morning and afternoon.