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Trash Talk
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 • Posted August 31, 2012

School starts this week! Enthusiasm should be running high for a great year of learning and a terrific sports season. Let’s keep all our young people safe by abiding by the traffic laws around our schools. School zones have special speed limits. Please slow down to the posted speed. Children are more vulnerable than adults to be hit by a moving vehicle. They are shorter and thus harder to see, haven’t had the life experiences of an adult so are not as cautious, and they are statistically less likely to survive a crash – especially a vehicle-pedestrian one. Cell phone use in a school zone is prohibited! This includes talking and texting. Just don’t do it! Your communication is not worth someone’s life.

If these reasons aren’t enough to keep you from abiding by the traffic laws around schools, maybe the fines will.

The basic fine for speeding is $131, plus $5 for every mile over the limit, plus $25 for speeding in a school zone. This makes the minimum total $161.00.

Fines for cell phone use in a school zone are not less than $1 and not more than $200 plus court costs.

If you insist on ignoring the school zone traffic laws, you can feel better (according to Driving University, Texas) knowing that a portion of the money collected is used to fund school crossing guard programs and other programs related to child safety.

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