School Back in Session, Police Monitoring School Zones

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Speeders, beware. Now that school is back in session, police are closely monitoring school zones.

Tickets are free flowing to make sure your children stay safe.

As the first bell of the new school year sounded, the College Station Police Department was making sure students stayed safe.

"I'm not trying to pick on anybody specific," College Station Police Officer Garrett Birdwell said. "They draw my attention because of a specific act they committed while operating a vehicle."

That act is usually speeding.

Several drivers cruised through the 25 mile per hour school zone by A&M Consolidated High School Monday at speeds as high as 35 miles per hour.

"Students are crossing back and forth all day long," Birdwell said. "They're going between their gym classes and physical education classes and other activities throughout the day."

That's why police in cruisers and on motorcycles aren't hesitant to act. Within two hours, police issued five citations.

Police say during the summer, drivers haven't had to slow down near schools, but now that school has started the speed limit is lower and law enforcement is out in full force.

For speeding in a school zone, tickets start at $300 and go up depending on the speed.

One to 15 mph over the speed limit equals a $300 fine. For drivers going 16 to 24 mph over the speed limit, it equals a $320 fine. Twenty-five mph and over equals a conversation with the court and no opportunity to take defensive driving.

In order to stay clear of any violations, police advice drivers to not get in a hurry.

"Try to plan your day accordingly so you don't have to be late and try to push through school zones," Birdwell said. "I'd rather get there safely than not at all."

Police also say to pay attention to your surroundings. Look for the warning signs and speed limit changes so you don't find yourself on the wrong side of the law.