I don't know when it became fashionable for people to drive their children to high school instead of having them ride their bikes, but some time between 1983 (when I graduated high school) and 2003 (when I started teaching at my current high school) it definitely happened. Combine that with all the students who drive to school and you have a mess. Both before and after school, the street in front of school resembles something out of a Mad Max movie. It's bedlam. It's dangerous.
Yesterday before school there was a motorcycle officer or two in front of school--and a fender-bender happened right in front of him. After school yesterday I think there were as many as 5 officers out there, with a similar presence both before and after school today. I don't know how much longer they'll keep this up but it was smooth as silk when I left campus this afternoon.
I wonder how many citations they wrote.