Tallahassee on Lookout for School Zone Speeders

Officers are on the lookout for speedsters in school zones, and the penalty could hit you hard in your wallet. Alison Smallwood wants motorists to slow down in school zones. She and her father Tim know first hand that speeding can cause severe accidents.

“I didn't really know that she was going to crash in- but I was really scared though,” says Allison.

Tuesday morning a Toyota Celica traveling south on meridian crashed into the Smallwood’s van as they were turning left onto Henderson Road. Alison's father was cited for failure to yield the right of way, but he says the woman was cruising through the intersection.

Speeding through school zones, police and school officials agree, is a rising problem as kids head back to the classroom Being in a hurry can be costly. Police say traffic citations in school zones carry hefty fees, an upwards of $100, but that's not the only risk speeders take.

When yellow lights are flashing you can bet little one's are nearby. On average, school zones run between 7-8 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. during those times the speed limit is 20 miles per hour.