Orange County deputies crack down on school zone speeders

Author: Erik Sandoval, Reporter, esandoval@wkmg.com
Published On: Aug 22 2013 05:51:32 PM EDT
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -

Orange County sheriff's deputies wrote 20 traffic tickets to 13 drivers on Thursday in an effort to crack down on speeding in designated school zones.

One driver, who was clocked driving 45 mph, almost stuck a school crossing guard and a motorcycle as he drove through a school zone on Goldenrod Road in Orlando.

"I didn't see him waive out in the road," the driver told Local 6. "I did see the school zone, and I slowed down. I saw the sign ... I wasn't paying attention."

That's the same excuse deputies heard again and again as they pulled over car after car.

The driver of one vehicle said she didn't stop because she wasn't wearing her glasses. That may have been why she was also clocked going 45 mph.

"I wasn't going fast," she said. "I was slowing down."

One driver was caught driving 52 mph in a 20 mph school zone.

He said he saw the lights, but wasn't paying attention to his speed.

Fines for these drivers will range between $154 and $500. Some will even have to face a judge.