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Hilliard police keep an eye on roundabouts as school year nears

Hilliard police just kicked off a back-to-school blitz to make sure drivers are using roundabouts properly. (WSYX/WTTE)

Hilliard police just kicked off a back-to-school blitz to make sure drivers are using roundabouts properly.

Police are monitoring the roundabouts at Main St and Cemetery Rd and Main St and Scioto Darby Rd for violations.

"The traffic concentration, especially in the area of Main and Cemetery grows significantly as school starts," said Hilliard Police Chief Robert Fisher.

Police want to break any bad habits drivers developed over the summer. Officers are monitoring the Main Street roundabouts for violations. They're also educating drivers who don't know how to use the roundabouts.

"We hope to reduce some of the actions that people do, that will cause crashes. We really try to focus on pre-school enforcement and education as school begins," said Fisher.

Hilliard police are working directly with the school district. Leaders there say it's been a rough year in Central Ohio for teen accidents and pedestrian injuries. Police and school officials are putting together a video on traffic safety and talking to students and parents about distracted driving.

"The biggest action that we see in the roundabouts that causes crashes are people making turns from an inappropriate lane. Many times they'll enter a roundabout and be in the wrong lane and they'll either turn or change lanes in the roundabout," said Fisher.

The back-to-school blitz will be over at the end of the week.Police say they will have another roundabout blitz sometime when school begins.

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