The 2018-19 school year is not yet a month old, but it appears some people need a reminder that school-zone speed limits are being enforced.
And not just for the first couple of weeks after classes begin but all year.
One recent day in Geneva provided a case in point. One driver — a crossing guard estimated the motorist to be going well over 30 mph down North Street in the 15 mph school zone — was pulled over by a Geneva police officer. In addition to a ticket, the driver got a lecture from the animated officer in full view of kids who were walking to school.
During the first few weeks of school, the Geneva Police Department has been setting up a portable radar sign near all city schools as a reminder to adhere to the 15 mph limit. It has been noticeable on Carter Road, near the high school and middle school, and generally has reminded people to slow down during the busy period between 7:15 and 7:45 a.m.
The sign also has been set up near West Street and North Street schools, where many kids are walking to school between 8 and 8:30.
While a number of drivers have been ticketed by city police since the start of the school year, it’s encouraging to see motorists take due care around school zones.
In what could have been a bad situation last week, a driver who was likely going around 10 mph was able to stop in time when three young girls decided to cross the street even though they were not in a crosswalk.
The bottom line, folks, is this: Those school-zone speed limits are in place for a reason. When you get near a school and see a sign, take your foot off the gas, hit the brakes, and make sure you don’t get a ticket. Let’s keep our streets — and our children — safe.