Speeding In A School Zone in NY

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.



70 thoughts on “Speeding In A School Zone in NY”

  1. On 3/8/19 at 10:33am I was pulled over for speeding at 39mph in a 20mph school zone in Dobbs Ferry, NY. I had gotten a breast cancer diagnosis that morning and my mind was on overload and distracted. I was going to plead guilty not knowing how this works but my husband told me to plead not guilty which I di. I have a pre trial conference on 11/14/19 with the village court mediator. I have a clean driving record and have never been in this situation. Not sure what to expect or what to say. Do I still plead not guilty in person? Do I tell them that I had gotten a call telling me I had breast cancer that morning? Do I bring my medical records as proof? Feeling really anxious over this. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you!

    1. Hello Anabelle and thank you for your inquiry. Please be advised that driving 19 miles over the speed limit carries a maximum 4 point penalty and a maximum fine of $300 with $93 court fees. Please note, that fines are doubled for violations in school/work zones, hence the maximum fine will be $600. This will likely result in a substantial increase to your insurance rates for the foreseeable future. We suggest retaining an attorney in an effort to mitigate the insurance implications and avoid the high fines. While you may choose to bring proof of your diagnosis, we cannot advise if it will assist your case.

  2. Hello, this morning I received a ticket for careless driving for doing 30 in 15mph school zone in Montgomery County, PA. I’ve had my license for about 4 months now and do not usually speed. I’m concerned about how this will effect my driver’s insurance, and I was wondering if it is worth fighting the ticket even if I think I may be guilty. I received 3 points and 142$ fine, and the officer told me I should just plead guilty. What should I do here.

    1. Hi Justin and thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, we are not licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and thus cannot advise you on the matter. We suggest contacting a Pennsylvania attorney for further assistance.

  3. I received a ticket in a mail cough on speeding camera, for going 39mph in 25mph school zone on 7/30.
    Am I still guilty even do the schools are closed at this time ?

    1. Hello Dobre and thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, in school zones, even though school is not in session you can still be considered guilty of speeding if you are going over the posted speed limit. The only difference between receiving a ticket in the school zone when school is in session and when it is not in session is that the fines are higher with the ticket if it is received during the school day.

  4. I received a ticket for 32 in a 20 mph school zone. The cop clocked me in a 30 mph zone about 75 feet before the school zone signage. This was in Goshen NY. Does school zone extend before the signage ? Thank you.

    1. Hello Pietro and thank you for your inquiry. The school zone does not extend before the signage, however the officer’s testimony will be that you were in the school zone.

  5. I received a school zone speeding ticket in East Greenbush NY, 42 in a 25. It was at 3:44pm and I noticed not a single car was at the school. Upon further investigation I learned that the school was closed that day, for a make up snow day. There were no flashing school signals/signs. Can I get out of this as the officer sited Section 1180C and in Description – Speedig In School Zone. Can I get this dismissed?

    1. Hello Maura, and thank you for your question. Unfortunately, the fact that school was not in session that day does not affect the police officer’s ability to ticket you for driving a 42 in a 25, as it is still a designated school zone. However, you are well within your rights to plead not guilty to the ticket. I suggest you give us a call so we can discuss this matter further and give you more guidance on how best to proceed in this case.

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