EUGENE, Ore. — School is back in session for many students this week. The Bethel and Roseburg districts start on Tuesday, Springfield starts on Wednesday, and the 4J School District starts next week. Now, the Eugene Police Traffic Enforcement Unit is reminding all drivers to pay attention to school zone speed limits.
School zone crosswalks will see a dramatic increase in kids and cars this week, so police will be on the lookout for speeders and distracted drivers. The heaviest foot traffic is typically between 7:45 and 8:30 a.m. But as Nicole Zwink with Safe Routes to School points out, some school zones might not appear obvious to drivers.
“We have schools in [the Bethel district] that are set back away from the road, so people don’t realize they’re school zones sometimes,” says Zwink. “So be on the constant lookout for the 20 mile zones and be on constant lookout for kids walking and on bikes.”
The speed limit in a school zone is 20 miles per hour and a flashing light indicates that children may be present. Even if there is no flashing light, school zone speed limits are still enforced during school hours. Also, when the red lights on a school bus start to flash, other drivers in both directions must stop.
Traffic tickets for speeding in a school zone are more expensive than regular speeding tickets.