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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Speeding drivers were met with a costly surprise Thursday morning as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' students headed back to school.

CMPD officers were out on patrol at local school zones handing out hefty tickets. A new law forces speeding drivers to fork over nearly $500.

Today the fine has gone from $150 to $250. And then you have the cost of court which is $188, making the cost of ticket $438, said Officer C.G. Jamieson.

NewsChannel 36 accompanied officers patrolling Rama Road near Rama Road Elementary and McClintock Middle School on the opening day of school. In a school zone speed limit of 25 mph, officers stopped up to 15 people for citations, eight of which were for speeding.

Parents like Christian Casper, walking his kindergartner to school, was happy to see the police presence.

Having one that s six, I'm all for it. I sometimes yell at the drivers when they drive by, said Casper.
Police said drivers needed to be especially cautious around middle schools.

Middle school is when they start walking on their own, and when they're away from their parents, they don't do everything they're supposed to, said Officer Jamieson.

If you have a road or school zone you want NewsChannel 36 to monitor, email us at streetsofspeed@wcnc.com.

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