Cleveland Public Schools is back in session on Aug. 23, and police are warning drivers to be aware of school zone speed limits.

 CPD patrols school zones and is strict on enforcement routinely; however, during times of drop-off and pick-up, and 30 minutes before and after, they become a no-tolerance zone. The chief has instructed his officers to write tickets because of the increased safety hazard.

 “It is up to officer discretion whether or not to write a ticket in a school zone, and we always have a presence,” CPD Chief Clint Stout said. “But we don’t mess around during times of high traffic and when there are more children walking, on bikes and trying to go through the pickup process. We take this really seriously.”

 According to the city bonds and fees schedule, speeding in a school zone is a hefty ticket, but hurting a child because of recklessness could be the ultimate price.

 Speeding in a school zone:

0-10 mph over – $205

11-15 mph over –  $225

16-20 mph over – $245

21-25 mph over – $265

26+ mph over –  $285

*Beginning Nov. 1, all fees will go up $10 due to state increases.

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