15 mph zone

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  1. Super Dave

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    First let me say I have two little ones so I am not condoning speeding through a school zone by any means. However the road by our school is about 3/4 mile long and 15 mph. First day of orientation last night they are set up ka pulling over people 2 at a time! They set up here occasionally and I do know previously they have let some off with a warning, but I know people who have gotten written for 25. It's damn hard to go 15 for a mile try it.

    I've never seen a kid walk down this street at any time period in 6 years, unless you're directly across from the school. But where do they get them? The opposite end of the street with no pedestrians.

    Again I have two little ones and don't condone speeding in a school zone period but I can cycle without trying too hard at 20+
     
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    I hear ya. My Mom had a new Buick that would get rolling up to 30 mph from stop without your foot on the gas. You had to hold the brakes constantly.
    Anyway, yes those speeds are painful and hard to maintain. Causes me to uncontrollably uncork it after I pass through them to compensate.
     
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    15 is really low, most school zones are 20 or 25 MPH these days especially since almost no kids walk to school any more.

    There was one road I remember in PA where it is a major road (50 mph PSL) two lanes each direction, tons of traffic and people usually go at least 60, but oddly enough there is a school off it so at certain points of the day the speed limit goes to 20 and they enforce it like crazy, and will pull for 5 over. they'd do better to stop folks that have their cell phones out and are texting, those folks are more likely to hit a kid than those going 20 MPH but paying attention.
     
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    How about those Sub Humans that dont stop for a School bus with its lights flashing and the stop sign out ? I'd like to see that get enforced more.
     
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    I honestly think school zone speed limits shouldn't apply during the day. Think about it, that's when the kids are inside the school and not playing outside except for recess which is usually in the back and fenced in/heavily monitored. Elementary schools these days have very strict policies about exiting the school. I don't know if I've ever seen a kid between school start/end but then kids are playing outside in the evening when school is over and that's when the speed limit goes back up.

    Maybe things were different a long time ago when kids walked to school and the playground was the street, but today I don't really see the point in going 15-20 because there are kids 500 feet away in a locked down concrete building but nobody wants to admit that because think of the children.

    Absolutely slow down during start/dismissal, but slowing down at 12:20 PM is a little ridiculous.
     
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    What's even more stupid is ultra timid idiot drivers who slam on their brakes suddenly to go 20 from 45 in the middle of summer at 11AM on a weekday... Yes it says 7-5 on school days. July 13th is not a school day for 99.9% of schools.
     
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    Pretty sure I could exceed 15mph on foot.

    The civil engineering profession desperately needs an overhaul if they arrived at that speed by professional standards.
     
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    :p
     
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    Update: I did some research on the topic and the statistics seem to back up my observations. Look on page two of this document for school related pedestrian fatalities. Most of them happen between 7-9 am and 2-4 pm and 0 happened in a several year span from 9-11 am. The majority of kids were hit by buses and not cars. The takeaway is be super careful at the beginning of the day/dismissal, but the middle of the day is when the kids are inside and not crossing the street.

    The good news is that school buses are extraordinarily safe (as they should be) and except for a few idiots people generally do drive carefully around them. School buses are actually the safety form of transportation other than flying (which one person died doing in the US in the past 9 years despite 750 million segments flown per year).
     
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