Howard Police Program Works to Ensure Safe School Zones

The first day of school is underway today and Howard County police are patrolling nearby roadways to ensure students and teachers return safely as part of the Helping Arriving Students Through Enforcement program, also known as H.A.S.T.E.

During the first two weeks of the school year, police said officers will have target patrols surrounding elementary, middle and high schools to enforce speeding and seat belt and child safety seat laws. Vehicle occupants must be properly restrained, police said, and drivers should use “extra caution” around schools.