Are Your Kids Safe In School Zones?


By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Hundreds of kids in the magic valley get to class by foot, but walking to school can be dangerous.

When you drive through a school zone do you really know the law?

Twin Falls has three types of school zone postings.

"School zones within the City of Twin differentiate they are marked permanently by a sign stating 20-m.p.h. Monday through Friday from 7am to 4:30pm those particular school zones are in effect all year long” said Officer J.P. O’Donnell, Twin Falls Police Department.

The city has newer school zones with flashing speed beacons that read the drivers current speed and the 20-m.p.h. speed is only valid during pedestrian peak times.

"Bickel and Lincoln schools on 2nd Ave North and 2nd Ave East there actually 25-mph.The school zone on Falls Ave is listed at 25-mph, but the majority of them in Twin Falls are set at 20-mph” said Officer J.P. O’Donnell, Twin Falls Police Department.

Students cross the street in all directions and drivers have to be alert in school surroundings.

It's a nationwide problem, more than one-hundred children are killed every year while walking to and from school, and about 24-thousand are injured."

"We have had children that have been struck in crosswalks by vehicles, as of this year I don't believe we have had any reports of that” said Officer J.P. O’Donnell, Twin Falls Police Department.
wars force zone and if I'm in this crosswalk then I'm going to be protected."

Just last year, over three-hundred drivers have received an infraction fine of one-hundred and fifty six dollars for speeding near a school.

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