Update: School Zone Safety
Boise, Sept. 27, 2007 - Boise Police continued their regular enforcement of speeding in school zones (see the release issued Aug. 18, 2007) this morning with a special patrol around 26th & State.
State Street in front of St. Mary's School has yellow lights flashing during the morning and afternoon when children are walking to and from school. The area is clearly marked as a 20 mph speed zone when lights are flashing.
This morning, during the hour between 7:40 a.m. and 8:40 a.m., four officers patrolled the area and wrote 24 speeding tickets to motorists, most going at least 10 mph over the posted limit. One motorist was cited for driving 47 mph through the 20 mph school zone.
This morning's special patrol was in response to parents, many of whom walk their children to school, who've complained that speeding is a chronic safety problem near the school in the morning.
Officers urge motorists to pay attention to the posted speeds and watch for flashing yellow lights which mean children may be walking or riding bikes near the school grounds. Officers advise motorists that they regularly conduct special patrols to enforce speed laws around school zones, and these patrols continue through the school year.
Boise August 17th 2007, Boise Police Officers would like to remind motorists that with the increase in pedestrian traffic around schools extra precautions should be taken. "We put a lot of effort into keeping our school zones safe for our young people. It is the responsibility of every motorist in our community to watch out for kids in school zones!" said Officer Kyle Wills of the Boise Police Motors Unit.
In Boise, the speed limit in school zones is 20 miles per hour while the yellow lights are flashing. The fine for speeding in a school zone in Boise is $141.50.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.
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