NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Children are heading back to school across Louisiana. That means drivers need to remember to slow down in school zones in the morning and afternoon.
Getting a ticket for speeding in a school zone could really cost you, and the fines vary by parish.
In Orleans Parish, if a driver is stopped for doing 1-9 miles over limit, the fine is $157.50. If a driver is traveling 15-20 mph over, a ticket will cost $282.50. Anyone driving 20 mph or more over the speed limit will be assigned a mandatory court date where the judge decides the fine amount.
The fines vary if drivers are caught speeding by cameras inside the school zones.
In Jefferson Parish, some buses have speeding cameras on them. The cameras catch drivers who ignore when the bus is unloading kids and the stop sign is flashing red. This violation will cost you $400.
If caught speeding in a school zone by a police officer, drivers will receive a mandatory court date.
Gretna is a little different. The minimum fine is $342 if stopped by a police officer. If caught by a speeding camera in a school zone, the minimum is $120. Individuals traveling over 20 mph will pay $200.
If you live in St. Tammany Parish, you will receive a mandatory court date for speeding while in a school zone.
Anyone caught speeding in a school zone in St. Bernard Parish will receive a mandatory court date.
In St. Charles Parish, individuals caught traveling 1-5 mph over the speed limit will receive a fine of $20.50. If drivers are caught driving 20-25 mph over the limit, they will receive a $155.50 fine.
Anyone caught driving more than 25 mph over the limit will receive a mandatory court date.
Anyone caught speeding in a school zone in Lafourche Parish will receive a mandatory court date.
In St. John the Baptist Parish, individuals stopped by police traveling 10 mph over the speed limit will receive a $194.50 fine. If a driver is stopped traveling 20 mph over the speed limit, the fine will be $224.50
Anyone traveling more than 20 mph over the speed limit will be fined $454.50.
If stopped by police in St. James Parish, the fine is a base fee of $336.
So just a reminder: Take it slow now that school is back in session and watch for children near crosswalks as well.