CLEARWATER — Beware, first day of school motorists.
When Pinellas County students return to class on Tuesday, Clearwater police will be positioned around the city to ensure that drivers and pedestrians obey traffic rules around school zones, crosswalks and bus stops.
Officers will look for violations during student arrival and dismissal times. Speeding violations in school zones carry the following minimum fines:
• Between 1 and 9 miles per hour over the speed limit: $156
• Between 10 and 14 mph: $306
• Between 15 and 19 mph: $406
• Between 20 and 29 mph: $456
• More than 30 mph: court appearance.
Failure to stop for a school bus when the stop signals are activated and the stop arm is extended will result in a $271 penalty.