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2 kids hit in school zones, drivers urged to slow down

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - We're two days into the new school year, and already two East Texas students have been hit by cars in school zones. Thankfully, those students were not seriously injured.

Authorities say it's a strong reminder that drivers need to pay attention to kids coming and going from school, especially during this first week.

It's the second day of school and Macy is already eager for Wednesday.

"I really like school and I just don't want to leave because I really like it," said Macy, a 5th grader at Caldwell Elementary.

Her mom, Cindy, says she knows the excitement of a new school year goes hand in hand with concerns for parents.

"I always tell her that even though the whistles blown, she needs to look and make sure the cars have stopped as well," said Cindy.

In the last 24 hours, two East Texas kids were hit outside of their schools in Longview, and Overton.

"I heard people saying I didn't know he was there and then I just saw him laying on the ground," said Madison Worley, 8th grader at Overton Middle School.

Fortunately both students were back to school Wednesday. Ronald Cain, who has a 2nd grader, says it's an eye opener.

"You got a lot of kids more excited and they really ain't paying attention to the traffic and I say the motorists should take that into consideration that this is the first week of school," said Cain.

Police say they've stepped up patrol in school zones. Last year, Tyler Police handed out 850 citations to drivers using their cell phones in school zones.

"They should again be on the defense and be looking in both directions for someone that should be darting out," said Don Martin, Tyler Police Department Spokesperson.

Neither of the drivers in the two accidents this week where the children were hit were cited. Police say the drivers were not at fault.

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