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When you see a sign at a school saying slow for children, you best heed the warning. The state Legislature is moving to dramatically increase the fine on those who don’t. Here’s an Associated Press story on the legislation:

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Speeding when schoolchildren are present would become more expensive under a bill passed Monday by the state Assembly.

The legislation, by Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara, lets local governments double the base fine for those caught speeding in school zones when students are present.

The zones typically have a 25 mph speed limit, and exceeding that carries a fine of $35 to $100. Other fees, not affected by the bill, make the final cost as much as $400.

The Assembly’s approval sends the bill to the Senate.

Williams said it is normal for people to drive 10 to 20 mph over the speed limit. If local governments decide to double the fines, the bill requires them to notify drivers with new street signs.

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