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Speeding in School Zones

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RICHLAND, Wash. - Many local students are back to school Tuesday. Police want to remind you, speed limit signs in school zones are back in force.

For the next two weeks when drivers see school zones signs they better pay attention.

The jungle gyms may be empty now, but on Tuesday, school zone speed limit lights will start flashing and drivers will need to slow down.

In Kennewick, Richland and Pasco, police are stationing at least one officer in every school zone. And if you're a driver caught speeding in a school zone, you've a got a $177 ticket coming your way. That fine can't be reduced.

Police claim handing out tickets is the only way to get the message across.

"Kids are going back to school. We gotta keep an eye out for them. It happens every year and every year we have hundreds of people who forget," said Capt. Mike Cobb, Richland Police Department.    

Officers said they're cracking down on speeders to make sure kids going to and from school stay safe. They said most often kids don't pay attention, and it's up to drivers to avoid accidents in near local schools.