Each year, around 100 children are killed in the United States on their commute to-and-from-school. What’s even more shocking is 25,000 students are injured from incidents within school zones! A major factor of these accidents is people ignoring speed limit signs in school zones. But, what is a school zone? A school zone is the area with marked crosswalks along routes to schools and streets that are next to a school.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority, fifty percent of the children killed in transportation crashes are between five and seven years old. It’s important that drivers follow the posted speed limit signs to avoid potentially injuring or killing a child or other person in a school zone.
In and around school zones, safety signage is significantly important. In these areas, children dart into traffic, cross in front and behind school buses and other cars, stand or play in driveways and streets, cross interactions. With children all over the place combined with drivers’ ignoring traffic signs and driving with distracted, it’s easy to see how an accident can occur.
There are many things a school can do to create environment that will reduce the number of incidents that occur within it. School zone signs should be in place to alert drivers of the upcoming zone. Such signs include: speed limit signs, school zone advance warning and end school zone signs, school crossing signs, flashers, and radar speed signs. Speed limit signs in school zones are usually 15 to 25 mph. Advance warning signs let drivers know when they are entering or leaving the reduced speed area. School crossing signs show drivers that there are crosswalks in the area. Flashers are often on speed limit signs or crosswalks to grab the attention of drivers. Radar speed signs show drivers their actual speed limit at the time and are scientifically proven to reduce speeding.
Pavement markings also help indicate to drivers that they’re in a school zone or near a crosswalk. Traffic cones and traffic barriers also help create structure in a school zone to keep vehicles and children separated as much as possible to prevent any collisions.
Although you can try to tell children about road safety, it isn’t guaranteed they will change their behavior near roadways or parking lots. Traffic signs and school zone signs are the best bet. These sings should be a specific reflective grade and color to meet state and federal requirements.
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