CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — A few drivers should have slowed down when they spotted Officer Matthew Baran and his speed-detecting laser.
He and Officer Jason Moldenhouer set up Thursday afternoon near Leander Independent School District’s Running Brushy Middle School.
They ended up stopping several people and writing citations while monitoring speeding in the school zone there on the first day of school.
“Today is crazy with the amount of traffic and stuff that’s going on,” Officer Baran said, “so, yeah, we’re out here just reminding everybody to be safe.”
Law enforcement agencies across Central Texas are monitoring school zones closely right now since many students are returning to their classes.
Officers said they have little tolerance for speeding because the safety of the students is first and foremost. They’re warning drivers that they can face steep fines if ticketed for speeding in a school zone. “It is going to pay,” Officer Baran said, “so just be mindful of that.”
A regular speeding ticket is $5 per mile over the speed limit, the police department says.
In an active school zone, it’s $10 per mile over the speed limit, plus a $25 child safety fee.