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SLOW DOWN | Speeding through a school zone could cost you hundreds of dollars...or worse

Posted at 1:56 PM, Aug 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-12 14:36:43-04

School is back in session for most of the Tampa Bay Area, and authorities are reminding drivers that speeding through a school zone isn't just dangerous; it'll cost you.

On the first day of school, Sarasota Police Department posted to Facebook about a driver going 37 miles per hour in a 15 m.p.h. school zone. The department says that's a $456 citation in the city of Sarasota.

The Sarasota Sheriff's Office later pulled over a driver just outside a school zone for going more than 30 mph over the speed limit. If he was in a school zone deputies say it would have been a mandatory court date and up to a $1,500 fine.

The city also provided us with a price breakdown of citations for speeding in a school zone. While they differ from county to county, they are pretty similar and if you're caught whizzing through a school zone, you're going to pay the price.


The minimum fine you'll face in the city of Sarasota for speeding in a school zone is more than $150 and points on your license.

For most places, any more than 30 miles per hour over the school zone speed limit will get you a mandatory court date.