School zone signs in the summer and weekends

The in basket: Three people – Brian Muhleman, Jen Degnan and Margaret Lentz – have asked whether the school zones speed signs limiting enforcement to certain hours, which replaced many of the “when children are present” signs last school year, are in effect during the summer, or on weekends and holidays, for that matter.
Jen adds, “What about other schools that still have the “When children are present” signs? Even though school is not in session, if there are children playing…I assume we still slow down….correct?”


The in basket: Three people – Brian Muhleman, Jen Degnan and Margaret Lentz – have asked whether the school zones speed signs limiting enforcement to certain hours, which replaced many of the “when children are present” signs last school year, are in effect during the summer, or on weekends and holidays, for that matter.
Jen adds, “What about other schools that still have the “When children are present” signs? Even though school is not in session, if there are children playing…I assume we still slow down….correct?”
The out basket: Scott Wilson of Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department and Lt.. Peter Fisher of Bremerton police say enforcement of the time-specific zones is limited but not canceled on days school wouldn’t be expected to be in session
Peter said, “We will not be enforcing the speed in a school zone based solely on the signs. You could expect to see us enforce speed in school zones during school events such as summer school, and summer sports events where there is heavier than normal pedestrian traffic inside the school zones.
“This is not new,” he said, “since the inception of the new signs we have not been enforcing the speed in (school zones) during weekends, holidays or times when school is not in session.”
Scott says, “Our traffic division won’t conduct any school zone emphasis patrols, whether summer school is in session or not.
“It’s up to the individual motorist to use common sense to what is happening in front of them,” he said. “If they can see summer school is happening, if it’s obvious to the driver and there are kids in the area, comply with the law. If school is unoccupied, there will be no enforcement.”
And Jen is correct about the “when children are present” zones. They are in effect 24/7, but “present” means a child is actually on the shoulder, sidewalk or in the crosswalk in front of the school.

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