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20 mph Driving Zones

31 Aug Blog | Comments

For most students, summer is over and everyone is getting back to school. It is quite understandable that the students are not thrilled to go back to school. Many people are also not terribly happy either because that means those 20 mph zones are back. Most people understand the purpose of those school zones, keeping kiddos safe, but people still feel they are an inconvenience.

Those school zones are set to remind people that there is a school in that area. The school zones are also in place to let people know when kids are going into or getting out of school. There are also crossing guards strategically places to help safely walk students cross main roads. By driving more slowly, you have a much better chance of stopping your car quickly so you do not hit a child crossing the road.

Most schools have both signs to mark those school zones, along with painted signs on the road. They also have blinking yellow lights to signify those times. What that means to a driver is that if the lights are blinking they are required to follow the 20 mph law and drive 20 mph hour in that area. When the lights are not blinking they may resume the posted speed limit, but it is advised to still be extra cautious in those areas.

It is important to realize, as a driver, if you speed in a school zone, and get pulled over, you will be paying a lot more than a regular ticket. In some cities it will cost you double. Much like a construction zone, which can also get quite costly if you get caught speeding, a school zone is considered a “special” zone. You do not want to speed in these areas.

Another important element that comes into play once you start to see those yellow blinking lights, are those yellow school buses. Yellow school buses are carrying students to and from school. You are required to stop behind, or across from (if it is a 2 lane road), a bus that has its red lights flashing.

You are not allowed to go around a bus, even if you go slowly. You are not allowed to drive slowly past a school bus if you are on the opposite side of the road. It is your responsibility as the driver to stop and wait patiently for the students to come off the bus. Anyone of those students may need to cross the road to get to their house. That is why the bus driver must wait until all the students are off the bus, and have crossed the road.

School zones and school buses are certainly not convenient, but they are in place to keep children safe.  The rules that go along with them are also in place to keep the students walking home or getting off the bus as safe as possible. So, even if you don’t see the lights blinking but you see children walking home, slow down.


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