Drivers in Palm Beach County are being encouraged to watch their driving in school zones. In fact, police officers will be present to ensure that this happens. If you decide to speed through a school zone in Palm Beach County, you can expect to be pulled over, ticketed and handed a hefty fine.
Monday marked the first day back to class for many students in the area, and law enforcement officials want to make sure that these young people get to and from school safely. In Tequesta, for example, officers will post at bus stops around town with a goal of reminding drivers to slow their speeds.
If you need a quick reminder: School zones have signs with flashing lights to remind drivers that children may be present. Across the state, the speed limit through these zones is 20 mph. If you are pulled over for speeding through one of these zones, your fines will be double what they would be if you were caught speeding anywhere else.
It is also illegal to pass school buses that are stopped with their red lights flashing and/or stop sign extended. Doing so is dangerous for not only students, but for the drivers of vehicles. The only exception is if there is a physical barrier or median between you and the bus. If you need to get to work, remember that school is back in session and your speeds may be slower, increasing the time it takes to get to your destination. Leave early and be prepared to practice patience.
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