Florida has very low speed limits for school perimeters and even several hundred feet outside of the school to protect their students and staff. The speed limits of 10mph or 20mph can be so low that even a moment of distraction or confusion can easily cause a person to unintentionally “speed” in a school zone. While this may seem minor, the penalties for speeding at or near a school are nothing to take lightly.
A speeding ticket in a school zone is double that of a standard traffic citation. If you admit guilt, you will have points added to your license that could end in a suspension. With all these facts to consider, it’s important you seek trusted legal representation fast. Hiring an experienced traffic ticket attorney will give you a significant advantage when your’e contesting your ticket.
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Overview of Speeding in a School Zone Tickets in FL
Florida law indicates that the maximum a school can set its speed limit to is 20 miles-per-hour. When a person violates that law and speeds at as school’s premises it can result in an extremely costly ticket. In addition, law enforcement officers choose school zones as a prime spot to look for people breaking traffic rules. That means they will be quick to arrest you even if you are hardly speeding over the legal limit.
If you are ticketed for speeding in a speed zone, your fine will be one of the following:
It’s important to understand that the fines above are for a first offense only. If this is your second ticket for speeding in a school zone, then you will automatically have at least a $1,000 fine and will be required to appear in court. If it’s your second offense of speeding at or over 50 mph in a school zone, then your fine could be up to $5,000.
Fines aren’t the only consequence you may face for admitting guilt to speeding in a school zone. Florida automatically adds points to a person’s license if they are convicted of a moving or nonmoving violation. Each offense has a different point value that can be increased based on the circumstances of the citation.
If you have enough points on your license in a given period, then your driver’s license will automatically be suspended by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). In some cases, the suspension can last up to two years. If you are convicted of speeding in a speed zone, the following points will be added to your record:
For some violations, the offender can avoid having points added to their record if they complete certain conditions such as finishing a driver’s course. If this happens you will be asked to present your certificate to the county clerk by the deadline specified on your ticket. Once you do this you will have your points removed on your license.
Since school zones are an enhanced penalty zone area the state of Florida has specific signage laws, so the area is easily identifiable. Florida Statute Section 316.1895(6) states the school must erect permanent signs to illustrate that they are a school zone. In. addition, the signs must indicate the speed limit and be the same size and color. It must be easily recognizable by drivers for the area to be considered a legal school zone.
Florida statues also establish that the lowered speed limit for school hours must be posted clearly for all drivers. They can use a flashing beacon or other automatic device that is activated manually as well to show when school zone hours are active. The flashing beacon standards must meet the requirements set by the Florida Department of Transportation. If there isn’t enough indication that you were in a school zone, then your attorney can utilize this information to fight your ticket.
Florida's Laws for Speeding in a School Zone Visit the official website for the Florida Statutes and read more on what happens if you are caught speeding in a school zone. Read the statute that governs the rules for enforcement and special designations in school speed zones.
Traffic Ticket Options | Palm Beach County Clerk – Visit the official website for the Palm Beach County Clerk to learn more about their options for you to pay your ticket. Access the site to learn more about how to pay tickets online, by phone, mail and various payment plan options.
If you were charged with speeding in a designated school zone then contact an experienced traffic ticket attorney at Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. We represent clients on a variety of different speeding tickets in Palm Beach County, Florida. Our team has both prosecutorial and defense experience as well as a passion for what we do. Find the right attorney for you by calling Meltzer & Bell, P.A..
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