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Posted on: August 24, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Allen Schools start on Monday August 27, 2012

Get caught speeding in a school zone and expect to pay an average of $211, according to a new survey by Allstate Insurance. The company recently surveyed 80 police departments and municipal courts to find out the average cost of a speeding ticket in a school zone for driving 10 miles per hour over the limit.

Allstate conducted the survey to remind drivers to slow down and pay attention in school zones, especially as many students head back to class soon.

Police are looking for more than just speeders in school zones. Drivers caught violating laws prohibiting cell phone use in a school zone, without a hands-free device, can end up paying as much as $327 in some cities.

To be on the safe side in school zones, we recommend:

1. Drive slowly in school zones. Watch for children in the road and always obey crossing guards.

2. Put down your phone, breakfast, make-up, etc. and focus on driving.

3. Be alert and patient around school buses and bus stops.

Have a Safe School Year!

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