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.

 

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2 thoughts on “Speeding In A School Zone in NY

  1. 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.

    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.