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Monday, December 8, 2008

Speeding Through The School Zone

My recent post on Photo-radar in the valley has me thinking that the state is misusing the and equipment that they have available. Not misusing in the sense that there shouldn't be , if the result is drivers slow down to somewhere near the posted speed and it reduces accidents then so-be-it.

I'm thinking that it is being misused through incorrect placement--why not use it in ? I live a block away from a school zone that is placed on a very busy road. The posted speed limit during non-school hours is 45mph, the average speed I would bet is 55 or 60mph.

When the lights are flashing in the drivers are required to slow to 35mph. I would bet that nearly 80% don't. I would also venture to say that the average speed doesn't change very much from when the lights aren't flashing.

We've taken security at school to all new levels from the time I was attending. Now our schools are fenced, gated and many are policed. All for the safety and security of the student body. Why don't we take the next step and protect the kids on their way to school? Put photo-radar up in every school zone that is intersected by a road with a posted speed limit of greater than 35mph. Costly, sure--but based on the habits of drivers on the freeway I would suggest that it will pay for itself in short order.

The cost for speeding and getting caught by photo-radar is $180.00. Why not make it double that if your picture is snapped exceeding the school zone speed limit of 35?

Just a thought.



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2 comments:

Midwest Mom said...

THAT is a great idea. I, too, live close to a school on a busy road. When I slow down, I get tail-gated!

Our state uses radar cameras in highway construction zones, too. To me, that is worth it too.

Good post!

screaming-at-the-tv said...

MM, I read a study not too long ago that reported the biggest offenders of speeding in school-zones.... were parents!

Maybe we've all just grown immune to those yellow flashing lights... I say it's time to shake it up a bit!