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What is a School Zone? - A school zone is defined as a 600-foot zone that is designated by two signs, both 300 feet on either side of a marked crosswalk. The speed limit in a school zone is 20 m.p.h. Fines are double for traffic violations committed within the school zone.

School Zone Safety - School zones only protect children if all drivers are alert and follow the school zone rules. Children under age 13 have limited depth perception and may be unable to judge the distance and time of an approaching vehicle. A child has an 80-90% rate of survival if struck by a car traveling 20 mph, as apposed to 90% chance of death if the car is traveling 25 or 30 mph. It is imperative that all motorists obey crossing guards and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

The flashing yellow beacon lighting is one of the most effective ways to reduce the speed of vehicles in school zones. On average, drivers travel five to seven miles per hour slower when the flashing yellow school zone lights are present.School Zone Safety Photo 1

In an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities, flashing beacons are being installed and an increased presence of law enforcement helps remind drivers to stay under 20 mph. Keep in mind, it is OK to drive slower, especially at dawn, dusk, and in bad weather.

For more information on schools in Spokane County where flashing beacons have been installed in Spokane County, please link to any of the following sites for additional information:

Spokane County Division of Engineering and Roads

School Zone Flashing Beacons