Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, September 29, 2006

School Zone Speeding Crack Down

School Zone Speeding Crack Down

Boise, Sept. 29, 2006 - Boise Police, responding to citizen and school concerns, cracked down on speeders in the school zone at Broadway and Boise Ave. Thursday. Officers cited 66 motorists for speeding in the school zone while the yellow school zone lights were flashing. Officers monitored the area during the morning, lunch and afternoon hours when students were coming and going from school.

In Boise, the speed limit in school zones is 20 miles per hour while the yellow lights are flashing. Officers witnessed motorists speeding in the school zone anywhere between 25 and 50 mph. The fine for speeding in a school zone in Boise is $141.50.

"The safety of the children is the most important thing," said Officer Gary Weidemann of the Boise Police Motors Unit, who organized the 5 officer special patrol. "Kids are kids and they're thinking about other things. That's why it's the responsibility of the adults, the motorists to look out for them."

"We had concerns from citizens in the area that some motorists were not paying attention to the flashing yellow lights,"said Broadway area Neighborhood Contact Officer Jermaine Galloway, who worked with the Motors Unit on the special enforcement. "Hopefully these tickets will remind motorists it is a school zone and they need to slow down for the kids safety."

Officers want to remind citizens if they have specific traffic concerns, they can send them directly to the Boise Police Patrol office at www.boisepolice.org, click the Online Reporting link on the right side of the page.