School Zone Speeders Caught on Camera

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

School is back in session, but drivers we caught are blowing through some zones like it's still summer break.

We decided to put local motorists to the test, and see for ourselves if they're really on their best behavior when it comes to minding school zone speed limits.

"You can see the cars running faster in the morning. They don't slow down even though this is a school zone," College Station Crossing Guard Ruben Garcia said.

It's a problem Garcia says he's gotten used to.

"I almost got run over four times," Garcia said.

"The crosswalk guard was already out in the middle of the road and the lady in a van just zoomed right on through," Parent Kelly Thompson said.

But that's why parents like Thompson stay close by.

"I usually stay here and wait until she's on the other side, and then once she's on the sidewalk I go back, it's just to be sure," Thompson said.

So we wanted to see just how fast people travel through school zones in both College Station and Bryan.

This is what we found...

In the College Station school zone, near Cypress Grove Intermediate, when the lights are flashing the speed limit drops from 45 miles per hour to 25.

But even with the lights on we still clocked cars going 45, that's 20 mph over the limit.

"It doesn't surprise me they do it," Parent Dianna Suarez said. "It's a shame, but people do it."

"Several times when I slow down other people are right on the back of my vehicle trying to push me along," Parent Julie Jackson added.

We found the same problem near Johnson Elementary School in Bryan, once the school zone lights turn on.

Although the speed limit is supposed to drop from 30 to 20 miles per hour, some drivers still zoom on by.

"It makes you nervous to see all the kids going around and see cars going a little bit faster," Suarez said.

"I've learned to live with it, there's nothing you can do about it. As long as there is no policeman here there's nothing you can do," Garcia said.

If you're caught speeding in a school zone it could cost you some big bucks.

However, you could spend more or less depending on what city you live in.

College Station prices range anywhere from $305 to $325. If you're caught going 25 miles per hour over the speed limit in a school zone they don't even give you a price, they just tell you to contact the court.

In Bryan, ticket fines vary from $220 to $295 for speeds ranging from one mile per hour over the limit to 25 over.
For those found travelling 26 miles per hour over the limit, it'll cost you $318.

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