ITHACA, N.Y. — If your foot sometimes gets a little heavy on the gas pedal, you might want to take extra precautions when driving through school zones this month.

The Ithaca Police Department has extra patrols on the streets doing roving patrols and setting up checkpoints to remind drivers that school speed zones are 15 mph for 11 hours of the day.

Officials released the following news release about the initiative:

Police Officers from the Ithaca Police Department are targeting speeding violations in posted school zones.

Additional patrols will be on duty throughout the month of September and will consist of both roving patrols and stationary checkpoints. IPD officers will be seen in all of the posted school zones in the City of Ithaca at various hours and days during school zone enforcement hours.

Regarding the Chief Barber recently stated “The Ithaca Police Department places high emphasis on enforcing speed limits within the Ithaca community. I am dedicated to keeping our streets safe, especially in and near our schools. The safety of our student population and school campuses is of utmost importance to me.”

IPD officers use a zero tolerance mentality and offenders should expect to be issued a traffic ticket if they are caught speeding in a school zone. School Speed Zones are set at 15 MPH within the City Of Ithaca and are in effect on school days from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

These extra patrols are funded through the NYS Selective Traffic Enforcement Grant, which the Ithaca Police Department was again awarded in 2015. This grant is administered by the New York Governors Traffic Safety Committee and overseen locally by the Tompkins County Traffic Safety Board.

More information and other traffic related safety information can be found online at:

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.