09-11-08 School Zone Speed Patrols
Boise, Sept. 11, 2008 - Boise Police continue to educate and enforce School Zone Speed Laws.
Today, two Boise Police motors officers, working at the request of the BPD School Resource Officer, patrolled McMillan Rd. in West Boise near Pioneer Elementary and Lowell Scott Middle School from 7:15 - 9:15 a.m. The two officers wrote 15 tickets to motorists for speeding in a school zone. The officers were back on McMillan Rd. for 30 minutes from 11:40 a.m. - 12;10 p.m., when kindergarten gets out and yellow lights are flashing, and wrote six additional speeding tickets. Most of the motorists were going between 30 and 40 mph, at least 10 mph over the speed limit. Several motorists told officers they were not aware the flashing yellow lights meant they were in a school zone.
Wednesday on McMillan Rd. in front of Pioneer Elementary during the noon hour, two Boise Police motors officers gave out 12 speeding tickets in 40 minutes.
"Officers really don't have much tolerance for motorists found speeding near schools," said Sgt. Kyle Christensen of the Boise Police motors unit that specializes in traffic enforcement. "We often hear of near-misses between kids and cars. Children's safety has got to be top priority. Motorists need to remember to slow down to 20 miles per hour when the yellow lights are flashing near schools."
Every weekday since school began August 25th, the Boise Police Motors Unit has stationed officers at different school zones throughout the city. Boise motorists should know:
- When the yellow lights are flashing, the speed limit near schools is 20 mph.
- Speeding in a School Zone carries an enhanced fine in Boise of $141.50.
- It can be a misdemeanor for a motorist to fail to yield to a School Crossing Guard.
Boise motorists are urged to be aware and cautious when driving in school zones, identified by the flashing yellow lights, and to yield to children and crossing guards in crosswalks. Officers are watching out for children's safety and will issue tickets to motorists found driving faster than 20 mph when the yellow lights are flashing.