As children prepare to head back to school in Sarasota County, Sheriff Tom Knight is urging drivers and kids to follow our Top 5 Safety Tips:
"This might be the first time some students are walking or riding bikes to school," said Sheriff Tom Knight. "Children could also be new to the neighborhood and unfamiliar with the roads, so drivers can never allow distractions to take their eyes off the road."
In school zones, current fines start at $156 for driving one to nine miles per hour over the speed limit and go up to $456 for 20 to 29 miles per hour over. There is a mandatory court appearance for driving 30 miles per hour or more over the speed limit or passing a school bus on the exit side.
Knight continued, "The greater risk is not to your wallet but to the life and safety of a child, so slow down and pay even closer attention when driving before and after school."