PALO ALTO (KCBS) – Palo Alto police will be out in force this week looking for drivers and pedestrians who commit violations near schools.

There is a renewed focus this year for the Operation Safe Passage campaign following the death last week of 6-year-old Sioreli Zamora in East Palo Alto.

Officers are handing out tickets for everything from speeding to not stopping for school buses. Commuter Caroline Hamilton said she tries to be on her best driving behavior around school zones.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

“I do that anyway with any crosswalk in any area,” Hamilton said. “But especially around schools because kids will just dart out.”

The Palo Alto Police Department participates in the program three times a year in an effort to increase awareness in the community.

Zamora was struck by a car in a crosswalk at Bay Road while walking to school last Wednesday.

She was hit by East Palo Alto teacher, Alisha Whiteparker, who was on her way to work at Costano Elementary School.

East Palo Alto officials are meeting on Tuesday about whether to make improvements in the area where the fatal accident occurred.

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