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Traffic patrols increase for start of school

That means more traffic, longer commute times

Americans have been fascinated with teachers who cross the line and have sexual relationships with their students. This trend has been a growing concern within the education system, beginning with the infamous Mary Kay Letourneau case in 1995.
Americans have been fascinated with teachers who cross the line and have sexual relationships with their students. This trend has been a growing concern within the education system, beginning with the infamous Mary Kay Letourneau case in 1995. (SXC)

COCOA, Fla. – Law enforcement agencies will have extra traffic officers on duty Wednesday to ensure traffic safety during the first day of class for Brevard Public Schools.

News 6 partner Florida Today reports that roughly 73,000 students will be heading to local public schools Wednesday morning, with approximately 24,000 of those students riding a school bus. The rest will be getting to school by bike, car or on foot. That means more road congestion, longer commute times and more potential accidents.

Chief Mike Cantaloupe, of the Cocoa Police Department, said the decision to increase traffic patrols is a safety precaution. "People tend to forget school zone speed limits during the summer so we will be out reminding them," he said in a statement.

There will be an elevated police presence on county roads, especially in school zones, to ensure student safety.