There are 17 school districts in and around Colorado Springs, all of which have now started the 2020/20201 school year, whether in-person or online. For parents with children who returned to in-person school, one ever-present concern is safety on the way in to and leaving school. The consequences of a vehicle/child pedestrian accident have the potential to be severe, in terms of physical, emotional, and economic damage, so in today’s blog we’ll remind you of school zone safety rules to follow to help keep our Colorado Springs kids safe.
School zone speed limits in the United States are reduced from the surrounding speed limits to lessen the likelihood and severity of an auto-pedestrian collision. The limit is reduced to somewhere between 15-25 mph. Most, if not all, school zones speed limits in the Colorado Springs area are 20 mph. Even though speed limits are reduced in these areas, drivers in school zones need to go above and beyond slowing down. When driving through a school zone, be extra vigilant for children in crosswalks, on sidewalks, and crossing the street in unexpected places.
Green does not necessarily mean GO! Many intersections near schools are manned by crossing guards who may stop traffic with a green light to allows children and/or parents to safely cross an intersection. Take a breath and wait patiently for everyone to clear the roadway before driving through the intersection.
While we would hope that the safety of school children is enough to motivate us all to follow safety rules while driving through school zones, but if you need more incentive, consider the cost of a speeding ticket in a school zone. It will cost you more than double for the ticket alone and don’t forget the cost associated with attending court and insurance premium hikes associated with moving violations.