School Zone Safety, Do Drivers Really Slow Down?
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Excitement is in the air as many students returned to the classroom in Twin Falls and Blaine County School Districts.
With schools underway, it's important for drivers to remember to slow down in school zones.
Sirens and lights were seen around schools as students headed back for a new year.
Officers on full patrol monitoring streets and cracking down on speeders.
"Everyone is still not quite in the routine in things so it's more important to be out and making sure people realize that our kids are walking out on the streets again, and the kids might be running across the roads” said Dan Heil, Twin Falls Police Department.
The school zone speed limit in Idaho is 20 m.p.h., if you must follow the time restrictions unless otherwise posted.
If students are in the classroom you still have to go 20-m.p.h. until 4:30 p.m.
I went to a couple of schools to see if drivers are exceeding the speed limit in school zones.
Using a speed radar gun, some cars were clocked going as fast as 29-m.p.h.one driver even rolled a stop sign near a school.
"Tickets in school zones are pricey than a regular speeding ticket, right now especially through the state code its $156.50 including court cost for a school zone speeding infraction” said Dan Heil, Twin Falls Police Department.
Students need to remember to be alert while crossing the street and stay on the sidewalks when possible.
Kids don't necessary gaud their safety as well as adults should regard the kid's safety, it's important for us to do the slowing down to pay the little extra attention” said Dan Heil, Twin Falls Police Department.
Paying attention by not going over the speed limit and being aware of your surroundings.