Speeding In A School Zone in NY

School zone sign

Anyone who lives near a school in NY or NJ knows what a school zone is. These areas – usually the street in front of or surrounding an elementary school or similar institution – feature unique road laws that mandate drivers to slow down to speeds of around 15 to 20 miles per hour. For some, these laws are the very definition of annoying, requiring abrupt and often undesired deceleration, but the logic behind them is simple and sound. Anyone who has children knows how scary the possibility of a road accident is – a car careening down a quiet suburban street, striking children at play in front of their homes is no imaginary threat.

These laws exist to protect our children and ensure they can cross in front of or around their schools without fear of injury. Because they secure the safety of our children, they enjoy widespread support and are likely to stick around as permanent fixtures of traffic law for a long time. The point is, they exist and will exist, and a sensible driver will obey these laws or suffer the consequences, which can and often be very steep.

Any time you drive at a speed higher than the speed posted for that area, you are in violation of state law. Obviously this remains the case in school zones, which often post their unique speed limits right around the school that is protected. Smart drivers will notice these speed limits, come to anticipate them in future trips around those areas and make sure to abide by those limits when they appear next. They will also notice when these speed laws are in force – school zone speed limits are often not in force all day and night, usually only requiring decreased speeds from times between 7 am to 7 pm, or similar time frames.

So What Are The Fines and Penalties For Speeding in A School Zone ?

Penalties are, as you can imagine, typically expensive and come in the form of fines or similar punishments.  But that’s not the end of the story. In New York State, ignoring the posted speed limit near a school can actually carry the possibility of jail time. The extent of the punishment is related to by how much the posted speed limit was violated.

For example, if someone is 10 miles above the posted speed limit they will be assessed 3 points and a $300 fine with an $85 surcharge.

If they speed above 10 mph, they begin to face the possibility of jail time, ranging from 15 days in jail. They can also face fines up to $600 dollars in fines with an $85 surcharge. As it is becoming increasingly obvious, it does not pay to speed near a school.

If you’ve racked up significant penalties as a result of speeding near a school, it is highly recommend that you consult a legal professional as soon as possible. An experienced traffic attorney – like the attorneys at the Rosenblum Law Firm, know how to navigate the legal system and secure the best results for their clients.

 

16 thoughts on “Speeding In A School Zone in NY

    1. RLF Attorneys

      Melissa, while a Judge does have discretion to impose jail time based on a moving violation, it is highly unlikely to occur with this ticket. However, there are still serious consequences associated with this violation. This is a 4 point ticket, which carries a fine of $693, as fines are doubled in a school zone. Pleading guilty to this violation could also cause a drastic increase in your insurance costs.

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  1. Jamie

    I received a nasty ticket today… I rolled through a stop sign (failure to stop) and sped in a school zone (going 48 in 20) .. school wasn’t in session today, so I didn’t know the 20 mph still applied (until I looked it up after receiving the ticket) I live in suffolk county. How much money do you think I’ll be paying? Is it necessary to get an attorney?

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    1. RLF Attorneys

      Jamie – The violations you are currently facing total 9 points, and carry substantial penalties – both in fines and impacts on your insurance rates. I therefore strongly advise you to contest these tickets to mitigate the impact of these tickets.

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  2. Samantha

    What’s the penalty for doing 5 miles over the speed limit in a school zone in TONAWANDA NY? Should I just pay the ticket?

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    1. RLF Attorneys

      This is a 3 point ticket which carries a fine of $300 plus a $93 administrative fee if you plead guilty. Since this ticket can also cause an increase in your insurance, I do not recommend you just plead guilty to the ticket. You can enter a plead of not guilty to get these penalties reduced.

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  3. DANIEL CHAPMAN

    I RECIEVED A TICKET TODAY FOR DOING 25 IN A 15 MPH SCHOOL ZONE.
    I WAS TRAVELING DOWN A MAIN RD THAT IS NOT A SCHOOL AREA CLOCKED AT 41 IN A 30 MPH ZONE ORIGINALLY THE POLICE OFFICER DID NOT PULL ME OVER WHEN I TURNED ONTO A STREET THAT WAS A SCHOOL ZONE AND WAS DECELERATING TO THE 15 MARKED SPEED THEY SUPPOSEDLY CLOCKED ME AT 25 IN A 15 MPH SCHOOL ZONE BOTH MY DASHBOARD AND GPS INDICATED I WAS DOING 18MPH… WHAT SHOULD I DO

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  4. Daivon Barnes

    Today just received a ticket speeding in school. I’m accused of going 32 mph in 15mph . The officer that issued the ticket was rude. I was actually going with flow of traffic. The officer stated I was pulling away from the car behind me. The officer was close to hitting my vehicle. What is your advice on the ticket situation???

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    1. Adam Rosenblum Post author

      Daivon – While I suggest you fight this ticket as there are significant consequences, ‘going with the flow of traffic’ is not a defense to a speeding violation.

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  5. Barry wilke

    Received ticket in school zone and did not see any signs the photo sent to me shows 40mph and my car in the photo and the fine was 41 mph
    is there a refund program I may apply to

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  6. Jennifer Morris

    unfortunately I spent a long time reading the most mundane bill I’ve ever read and they still do not answer my question. The question of exactly WHEN is a school zone enforceable. They fall on very vague language of “on school days”. When is a school day? I know for the most part Sept – June, but how about Friday, July 25th? They put up speed cameras at 2 schools on Friday because those 3 schools are open – does that mean it’s enforceable only because they are open? Or does it mean we can get tickets in front of closed schools as long as it’s M-F during the hours?

    The law I found referred to another, which states only this: ——————————–no person shall drive in excess of such maximum school speed limits during: (1) school days at times indicated on the school zone speed limit sign, provided, however, that such times shall be between the hours of seven o’clock A.M. and six o’clock P.M. or alternative times within such hours; or (2) a period when the beacons attached to the school zone speed limit sign are flashing and such sign is equipped with a notice that indicates that the school zone speed limit is in effect when such beacons are flashing, provided, however, that such beacons shall only flash during student activities at the school and up to thirty minutes immediately before and up to thirty minutes immediately after such student activities. ————————————So I ask, if it’s only on a school day, (a day when school is OPEN) then how can we as drivers know that one school is open on a day in August, when another one is not? I am not opposed to this enforcement at all – we have all seen those drivers that act like speed demons drive past our schools when we walk our kids in, but I think this law leaves too much gray area in understanding exactly when it’s enforceable – especially (mostly) in summer.

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    1. Adam Rosenblum Post author

      Jennifer,

      Sorry you had to go through all that trouble! You should have come to us sooner! We have a page that specifically answers all of your questions. The short answer is 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM on all non-federal holidays and weekends.

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