SARASOTA, Fla. — Police are urging drivers to slow down in school zones.
On the second day of school for Tampa Bay area students, Sarasota police stopped a driver who was going 64 miles per hour in a 15 mph school zone.
RECOMMENDED: SLOW DOWN | Speeding through a school zone could cost you hundreds of dollars...or worse
The driver was going "nearly four times the speed limit" near Southside Elementary, according to the Sarasota Police Department's Twitter account.
This is not okay.— SarasotaPD (@SarasotaPD) August 13, 2019
Officers working the school zone at Southside Elementary stopped a driver going 64mph in a 15mph school zone. THIS IS NEARLY FOUR TIMES THE SPEED LIMIT😡Driver received an automatic court date.
The safety of our children is our #1 priority. Please slow down. pic.twitter.com/gHC0UzA5kd
Sarasota PD said the driver received a citation and automatic court date.
"It’s an automatic court date and a judge will determine further consequences," they responded to a Twitter user who said the driver should have been arrested.
On the first day of school, Sarasota Police Department posted to Facebook about a driver going 37 miles per hour in a 15 mph school zone. The department says that's a $456 citation in the city of Sarasota.
The city provided us with the following 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.