- School Zone speed limits apply only during the school year (not during summer or school holidays).
- The speed limit for all school zones is 20 mph “When Children Are Present”…EXCEPT high schools where the 20 mph applies ALL DAY (7 am - 3:30 pm), because of their open campus policy, where students enter/leave throughout the school day.
- “When Children Are Present” means that if there is one child in the “School Zone” on the sidewalk 24 hours a day, drive no faster than 20 mph. At that speed, it will only take 35-40 seconds to drive through the school zone.
- Fines for speeding through a school zone:
$189 1-5 mph over the speed limit
$210 6-10 mph over the speed limitSchool zone citation fines will not be waived, reduced or suspended.
$300-800 20+ mph over the speed limit.
$ For not stopping for kids crossing the street
- Drivers will be ticketed for
- failing to stop for pedestrians
- failing to stop for a school bus which is loading or unloading
- disobeying other traffic laws
- Crosswalk guards have the authority to record the license plate number of speeding/reckless drivers and give that to the police.
- City of Spokane Fines:
$189 is the minimum fine
$210 for driving 10 mph over the speed limit in a school zone
- Spokane County Fines:
$189 for driving 1-5 mph over the speed limit
$210 for 6-10 mph over
$271 for 11-15 mph over
- Car-Pedestrian Accidents. A
state study showed that the average student has an 80-90% rate of
survival if struck by a car traveling 20 mph or slower. That same
student has a 90% chance of death if the car is traveling 25-35 mph.
- Obey speed limits to secure the safety of our children.
- Pay attention to the signs posted around each school, as they differ—some have speed restrictions for particular hours and days, some only when children are present—but they are all enforced.