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Are You in the Zone? The School Zone?
As we head back to school, it's important you know the ABC's of school zones.
Whether you have school-aged children or not, most of us are impacted by kids heading back to the classroom. As we drive or bicycle through the streets, we are likely to pass through a school zone at one time or another. Do you know what to do? The rules are as simple as ABC.
Slow to 20 miles per hour -
Anytime a yellow light on a school speed sign is flashing.
Between 7 am and 5 pm on school days, as posted.
Crosswalks near school grounds (not adjacent) when children are present, as posted. This means when children are in the crosswalk, waiting on the curb or the shoulder of the roadway at a crosswalk, or a crossing guard is present.
It should go without saying to keep your mind on driving and not on the phone or managing other things that will distract your attention. Kids are not always good about being aware of their surroundings, and it takes a split second for tragedy to occur.
Still, parents are encouraged to have conversations with their children about safety at the bus stop or walking/riding their bikes to school.
Drivers, also remember you are required to stop and stay stopped for school buses that have their flashing red lights engaged.
Traffic fines are higher in school zones. For example, speeds 1-10 mph over the 20 mph speed limit could result in a $225 citation. A ticket for passing a school bus with flashing red lights will cost you $440; $525 if it's in a school zone.
Traffic officers will be focusing their enforcement efforts in school zones throughout Hillsboro for the next couple of weeks to ensure a safe and enjoyable return to school.