Unreasonable speeding in school zones has always been a problem, but now a new state legislation permits local governments in Florida to set up cameras to catch violators.
One study revealed that more than 98% of automobiles passing a high school were going 10 mph faster than the posted speed limit, endangering nearby students and pedestrians.
The law states that if a driver is caught going 11 miles per hour over the school zone speed restriction, the registered owner of the car will be fined $100.
The cameras are activated 30 minutes before the start of school and 30 minutes after the last bell.
According to the law, there must be signs notifying motorists that cameras are in use, and there is a 30-day public awareness period during which motorists will get warnings prior to the imposition of fines.
Every morning throughout the school year, children across the U.S. wake up start their trek to school via automobile, bike, school bus, or on foot. To keep children as safe as possible, strict speed limits are posted and enforced near every school at time periods when children are coming and going.
When cars are moving slower, they have more time to react if a child suddenly steps or falls into the road. However, motorists who are not paying attention are a threat to everyone in their vicinity regardless of the posted speed limit. Even at 20 miles per hour, it takes a motorist about 23 feet to stop completely.
Here are a few tips to follow when driving near a school:
- Always keep your eyes on the road to ensure the safety of children, other pedestrians, and motorists.
- Keep your phone on vibrate or quiet to reduce distractions.
- Use a hands-free device if you must take a call.
- Never text and drive.
- Keep your eyes on the road so you can stop or prevent a pedestrian collision involving a child who crosses without signaling since young children might behave erratically.