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Officers cracking down on school zone speeders throughout Tampa Bay area
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.