Drivers Be Aware: School is Back in Session

This morning, students all over Pinellas, Pasco, and Hernando Counties hustle and bustle their way back into the classrooms; this means heavier traffic, and slower speeds in school zones, and a definite need for increased alertness for children making their way to and from school.

Now that school is back in session, if a driver is not careful, he or she could cause a car or pedestrian accident or face hefty fines, and/or criminal infractions. According to the Tampa Bay Times, in Clearwater, officers were being positioned around school zones to issue tickets. Citations range from $156 for going 1 to 9 mph over the posted limit in a school zone, to $456 for 20 mph above the limit and failing to stop for a school bus could warrant a $271.00 fine.

In St. Petersburg, Mayor Bill Foster, Police Chief Chuck Harmon and St. Petersburg Fire Chief James Large were at John Hopkins Middle School today to wave signs advising drivers to slow down and encouraging motorists to be aware of the children returning to school.

Florida Law requires that a school zone speed limits may be in force only during those times 30 minutes before, during, and 30 minutes after the periods of time when students are arriving at a regularly scheduled breakfast program or a regularly scheduled school session and leaving a regularly scheduled school session.

These school zone speed limits help to prevent car accidents with other vehicles, and most importantly with an innocent child. If you are aware of the presence of school zones and the speed limits in force, it could help to make the roads safer for the students in our community!

If you, a family member or a friend is injured in a car accident or pedestrian accident because of the negligence of another driver, especially while driving in a school zone, speak with an attorney about your legal rights. The personal injury attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes have been caring for clients in the Tampa Bay area for over 55 years.  Contact us today!

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