10-16-09 School Zone Safety Campaign
School Zone Safety Campaign :
Boise, Oct. 15, 2009 - Boise Police are joining law enforcement agencies throughout the Treasure Valley in a two-week School Zone Safety Campaign.
The campaign's goals are two-fold:
- Education on safe vehicle operation around schools
- Education and enforcement on speed violations in school zones.
"If we can help teach students, who are just learning to drive, the importance of properly functioning safety equipment on their vehicle, it could be a lifelong lesson that hopefully will improve their chances of being safe on our roadways," said Officer Kyle Wills of the Boise Police Motors Unit, the unit dedicated to traffic control and enforcement.
We'll be checking things like working headlights, blinkers, tire pressure, just some basic things that students need to know about safe and proper operation of their cars," said Officer Wills.
The School Zone Safety Campaign also includes a $20,000 grant to BPD from the Idaho Office of Highway Safety. The grant will help pay for officer overtime to staff extra patrols watching for speed zone violations around Boise schools.
Motorists should know:
- The speed limit in school zones is 20 mph. School zones in Boise City are marked with flashing yellow lights when the slower speed limit is in effect. The fine for speeding in a Boise City School Zone is $141.50.
- Failing to yield to a pedestrian before crossing a crosswalk carries a $75 fine.
- Failing to stop for a school bus is a misdemeanor, with a fine between $100 and $500.
"The flashing yellow lights go on when it's most likely children are or going from school," said Officer Rick Burch of the Boise Police Motors Unit.
"A school zone is where children on foot, children on bikes, and vehicles all come together. Kids behavior can be unpredictable, so it's up to motorists, who are adults, to watch for kids and slow down to 20 mph. No one wants an expensive ticket, but more importantly, no driver wants to hit and hurt a child." said Officer Burch.