Speeding in School Zone Lawyers

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What Are School Zones?

School zones are areas around schools where the posted speed limit is lowered in order to protect children. School zones may include streets directly adjacent to school grounds or intersections and crosswalks in the vicinity of a school. In most states, the speed limit in a school zone will only be lower during hours when students are coming to and from school. However, some states require motorists to reduce speeds when passing schools no matter what time of day.

What Are the Penalties for Speeding in School Zones?

In most states, the fines for speeding and other violations in school zones are greater than the fines for normal moving violations. Often a motorist traveling more than thirty miles per hour over the speed limit in a school zone will face a serious fine and up to 30 days in prison.

It is also important to note that many states have anti-drug and weapons laws in school zones aimed at protecting youth. So a motorist in possession of illegal drugs or weapons in a school zone may face more severe penalties for those crimes as well. Drunk driving in a school zone also carries a stiffer penalty.

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Speeding Citation?

If you have been charged with criminal speeding or another crime an experienced criminal defense attorney can advise you on your legal rights and defenses. A criminal defense lawyer also can represent you in court.

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Last Modified: 10-06-2010 03:10 PM PDT

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