Speed in a Texas School Zone–Face Fines Up to $315

August 17, 2010

IRVING, Texas, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Get caught speeding in a Texas 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 across the state to find out the average cost of a speeding ticket in a Texas 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 in Texas head back to class next week.

The survey found the highest fines for school zone speeders in Huntsville, College Station and Alice:

                                     Average fine for speeding 10 mph over
    City                                      limit in school zone
    Huntsville                                                         $312
    College Station                                                    $305
    Alice                                                              $305
    Conroe                                                             $276
    Mesquite                                                           $275
    Garland                                                            $274
    Kerrville, Shenandoah                                              $272
    Lewisville                                                         $266
    Laredo                                                             $254
    New Braunfels                                                      $253
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    Brownsville, Houston and
     Denton                                                            $250
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On the other end of the spectrum, school zone speeders in Lufkin and Texas City face fines around $150.

“No matter how high or low the fines are in a city, they are in place to protect our kids and save lives,” said Jerry Anderson, an Allstate agent in College Station. “Hopefully, any fine is enough to make drivers slow down and think.”

Cell Phone Violations in Texas School Zones Top $327

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

The surveyed Texas cities docking drivers the most for violating the cell phone, school zone law are:

                                        Average fine for using a wireless
    City                                    device  in a school zone
    Corpus Christi                                                     $327
    Frisco                                                             $327
    New Braunfels                                                      $327
    Pearland                                                           $327
    Alice                                                              $322
    Tomball                                                            $322
    Huntsville                                                         $315
    San Marcos                                                         $303
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    La Porte                                                           $297
    Midland                                                            $297
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“Drivers talking and texting on cell phones in school zones were the biggest concerns police reported in the survey next to speeding,” Anderson said. “That’s especially troubling because studies have shown driving distractions cause at least a quarter of all reported accidents.”

Three Back to School Traffic Safety Tips

Allstate recommends the following road rules for back to school:

  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.

Surveyed Cities

Allstate’s 2010 back to school safety survey was conducted in the following Texas cities and/or surrounding areas:

  • Abilene
  • Amarillo
  • Austin
  • Beaumont
  • Brownsville-Harlingen-McAllen
  • Bryan-College Station
  • Corpus Christi
  • Dallas-Fort Worth
  • El Paso
  • Houston
  • Laredo
  • Lubbock
  • Midland-Odessa
  • San Angelo
  • San Antonio
  • Sherman
  • Texarkana
  • Tyler-Longview
  • Victoria
  • Waco-Temple-Killeen
  • Wichita Falls

A total of 80 Texas police departments and/or municipal courts responded to the survey via phone or e-mail between August 4 and August 13, 2010. Fines were also tracked using official city Web sites.

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer. Widely known through the “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®” slogan, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help more than 17 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate®.

SOURCE Allstate Insurance Company

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