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School zone speeders: Police remind drivers to slow down

(WPEC)

Some drivers got an expensive lesson on slowing down on the morning of the first day of school.

Law enforcement agencies across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast are boosting patrols and enforcing school speed limits.

Speed limits in school zones are enforced twice a day and are usually 20 mph.

Officers Chris Munro and Lawrence Reni with Boynton Beach Police Department’s Motorcycle Unit were on patrol Monday at Crosspointe Elementary School.

They issued 10 citations in the span of 45 minutes, with most drivers going nearly 20 mph over the speed limit.

Speeding in a school zone can cost a driver upwards of $606, depending on the actual speed.

Listed below are the fines for speeding in a school zone, according to the Palm Beach County Clerk of Court :

Miles Over Limit

  • 1-9 | $156
  • 10-14 | $306
  • 15-19 | $406
  • 20-29 | $456
  • 30+ | $606

CBS12 discovered that during the first two weeks of school last year, Palm Beach County law enforcement agencies issued 446 tickets for speeding in school zones.

Eighty-five drivers were cited for going 20 mph over the speed limit; the fastest driver was clocked going 64 mph.

Officer Lawrence Reni with Boynton Beach Police Department says they will continue to actively patrol school zones in an effort to get drivers to slow down.

Florida ranks second in the United States in the number of child pedestrian deaths, with 36 in 2015.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2015, one in every five children under the age of 15 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.

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