Sarasota Police Department enforcing traffic as school starts

ABC7 News at 6pm
Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 10:08 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - School is starting up this week, and the Sarasota Police Department is staying alert for reckless driving in school zones.

Police will be increasing traffic enforcement as classes resume with hopes to remind drivers of the community that there is a zero-tolerance policy for speeding in school zones or passing school buses with extended stop signs.

The only exception for passing a school bus with its stop sign out is if there is a raised median or unpaved median more than four feet wide that divides the street.

A press release sent out by the Sarasota Police department details various safety to help keep students returning to class safely. Tips include being cautious of increased traffic as the school year begins, buckling up seatbelts, obeying crossing guards and not actively using wireless devices in active school zones.

The fine for passing a stopped school bus or speeding within a school zone can range from $156 to $456.

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