A Local 6 investigation into school zone speed violations in Central Florida caught 12 drivers topping the 20-mph limit by 10 to 30 mph in less than 90 minutes.
The Orange County Sheriffs Motor Unit, led by Sgt. Carl Santiago, set up at two locations on Rouse Road; first for the morning start of Legacy Middle School, then for the Lawton Chiles Elementary School.
Santiago says most drivers are simply not paying attention but others only care about their destination.
“If this were a four lane road I’m sure some of these vehicles would just fly by,” Santiago said.
OCSO records show that between September 1 and October 24 deputies issued more than 200 violations in school speed zones.
The county has 141 designated school zones with flashing 20 mph signs in place, but Santiago says deputies focus on the areas where the most complaints are called in.
“There are so many school zones in Orange County we just can’t cover them all, Santiago said.
During the 90-minute speed sting a college student was clocked at 50 mph. She admitted she was speeding and she says knew she was in a school zone. Her excuse? She was late for class.
Deputies say she would have to go to court because she was 30 mph over the limit. Her fine could be as much as $1,000 and four points on her license.
Orange County’s Motor Unit named five school zones it considers to be trouble zones:
1. Discovery Middle/Waterford Elementary; Woodbury/Mallory Cir
2. Cheney Elementary; Forsyth & Dominion
3. Union Park Middle School; Dean/SR 50
4. Southwood Elementary; 12600 Bisted Dr.
5. Westridge Middle School; Oakridge Rd.
If you have a school zone you feel has become a speed safety problem contact Mike Holfeld on Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org.