Police were enforcing the 20 mph school zone speed limit at Freedom Shores Elementary School at 3400 Hypoluxo Road. Five citations were reported after 20 minutes and eight after 45 minutes for drivers who didn't slow down.

Ouch! Drivers in Boynton Beach found out just how expensive whizzing through a school zone can be.

$606 — that's the fine for the woman caught driving 53 mph in the 20 mph near Freedom Shores Elementary school zone Thursday, police said. The woman was distracted on her cellphone and wouldn't stop, so an officer had to get in his car and chase her, police said.

Two traffic tickets, each at $456, were issued to drivers caught going 41 mph and 49 mph. And a fourth driver was slapped with a $306 ticket.

Within 45 minutes, officers had pulled over a total of eight school-zone speeders, police said.

Boynton Beach police receive daily complaints about drivers speeding through school zones, spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said. "We know how much the parents in the community appreciate it when we're out there," Slater said.

There are passers-by who roll down their window and yell "thank you" to police, she said.

Municipalities in Palm Beach County receive an eighth of the proceeds from traffic-ticket fines; the county gets nearly a third; and the state receives more than a quarter of the funds, clerk records show. Boynton Beach's share of the money goes toward the city's general fund.

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