State Lawmaker Wants To Hit School-Zone Speeders In The Pocketbook

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UPDATED: Tuesday March 19, 2013 6:46 PM

The flashing school zone lights outside Thomas Worthington High School aren’t hard to see, but police say they continue to find drivers who are going over the 20 mile per hour speed limit during school hours.

After five minutes of working his speed gun, Worthington Police Officer Kim Hurst finds a driver going 27 mph.

“It's people generally not paying attention or talking on the phone or thinking about this that or the other,” Hurst said.

School safety is such a concern outside Briggs High School that the city installed several school speed limit signs in December after a number of students were struck crossing the street.

Dave Rice lives across from the school and says people speed there all the time.

“I don't know why they don't slow down,’ Rice said. “They don't have consideration for other people.”

Democrat Sen. Charleta Tavares says she's had it with school zone speeders.

“They get irritated when you're driving 20 miles per hour,” Tavares said.

Tavares is proposing hitting school speeders where it hurts.

“Basically, we're hitting them in the pocket book, sometimes the doubling of the fine, in this case will send the message home that you cannot afford not to pay attention,” the lawmaker said.

Senate Bill 71 will have sponsor testimony on Wednesday.

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