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    Default Ticketed for Speeding in a School Zone but No School Zone is Present Within One Mile

    My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Florida

    I was pulled over for speeding and after the office left and I was reviewing the ticket it indicated that I was in a school zone. I am quite certain that I was not within at least a mile of the nearest school zone. I drove back the same way and there are no posted school zone signs on that section of the road whatsoever. My questions is two fold, first how can I confirm that I was not in fact in a school zone and secondly, if in fact I wasn't in a school zone does this provide enough grounds to have the ticket dismissed completely?

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    Default Re: Ticketed for Speeding in a School Zone but No School Zone is Present Within One M

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    first how can I confirm that I was not in fact in a school zone
    Is there a SCHOOL near where you were cited? What about school crosswalks?

    The Florida statute on school zones is Title XXIII, 316.1895. The parts relevant to you include where school zone limits are only in effect 30 min before and 30 min after school/breakfast program begins and school ends. What time were you cited? The statute also provides for portable signs which may only be used during these periods---this may explain the absence of permanent signs. Perhaps drive through around the exact time you were cited?

    Florida also follows the Federal Highway Administration's MUTCD when it comes to traffic control devices. The MUTCD's section on sign location specifies no explicit distance.

    Quote Quoting aleeweb
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    secondly, if in fact I wasn't in a school zone does this provide enough grounds to have the ticket dismissed completely?
    Maybe, depends on which section you were cited (in violation of). What is the usual speed limit on that road? What was your speed?

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