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Officers cracking down on school zone speeders throughout Tampa Bay area

Posted at 6:00 AM, Aug 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-30 06:08:15-04

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — Crossing guards and blinking yellow lights aren't enough to stop school zone speeders in some parts of the Bay Area.

ABC Action News reached out to several law enforcement agencies to see just how many speeders they cited for blowing through school zones during the first week of classes. Sarasota Police ticketed the most drivers, with Pinellas County then Polk County following behind — rounding out the top three.

Here's the list of law enforcement agencies who answered our requests:

  • Sarasota Police - 45 citations
  • Pinellas County Sheriff's Office - 20 citations
  • Polk County Sheriff's Office - 19 citations
  • Winter Haven Police - 15 citations
  • Haines City Police - 15 citations
  • Pasco County Sheriff's Office - 10 citations
  • Lake Wales Police - 2 citations
  • Lakeland Police - 2 citations

In Pinellas County, the biggest problem area was on Belcher Road near Sutherland Elementary. Deputies clocked the top three speeders at 47, 48, and 50 miles an hour.

In Pasco County, they caught their fastest driver doing 46 miles an hour in a 15 mph school zone near Gulf Trace Elementary. They gave out the most citations near Double Branch Elementary in Wesley Chapel.

Law enforcement agencies told us you should not hesitate to call if you see dangerous driving happening near your child's school.

If you're caught going too fast in a school zone, you'll pay double than what you normally would.