CLEVELAND -- With the start of a new school year, the Cleveland Police Department is giving a lesson in school zone safety.

"Our main objective is to get through an entire school year without any incident or injury of children," explains Sergeant Timothy Higgins.

There are 371 crossing guards in the city of Cleveland and Higgins oversees them.

"I just want to make sure that they're safe, that they cross the street safe," says crossing guard and retired police officer John Hupka. "At least once a week I almost see a near-miss and it's scary, it really is."

Higgins says drivers need to slow down, put down electronics, and adhere to the no-parking signs in school zones.

"Unfortunately, a lot of times it's the parents going to or from and they're rushing to work and they're just not paying attention," he says. "We're on a residential street today (and it) should be 25 mph. Unfortunately, we got people blowing by at 30 mph, 45 mph."

Higgins says they use the first few weeks of the school year to warn drivers after that they issue citations.