“Most were not going close to the speed limit,” Birk said.
Officers were stationed in 13 school zones throughout the city, and no “wiggle room” was granted if any drivers were caught speeding in a school zone, Birk said, adding that one driver traveling 21 mph was issued a citation.
“This is about the safety of children. People need to slow down,” he said.
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Speeding in a school zone is not only dangerous, but also pricey.
A normal speeding ticket in Middletown Municipal Court, for a first offense, is $25, according to Steve Longworth, director of court services. For speeding in a school zone, the tab goes up to $100. Both tickets also require payment of court costs.
Birk told the Journal-News that future blitzes are planned.
Middletown Schools’ 6,300 students returned to classes Sept. 4, later than all other Butler County public schools due to the district’s most expensive construction project in its history — a new Middletown Middle School and a renovated and expanded Middletown High School. The $96 million transformation was two years in the making.