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5/4/2010 2:30:00 PM
Letter: Please slow down in school zones

To the editor:

Our community has four school zones, all implementing 15 mph school safety zones. These "slow down" areas were placed by school boards and governing officials to help protect our students and children from the impending dangers of speeding cars.

As we all know, most of the zones have roll-out signs (in the middle of the street), posted signs (on the side of the street), or both. Regardless of the location of placement, these signs post "15 mph during 7 a.m. and 4 p.m." Fifteen mph means 15 mph, especially when it comes to the safety of our schools.

Here are some helpful facts about Arizona school zones -

• Passing is not permitted in school zones, no matter how slow the vehicle in front of you is going. This includes your bumper passing theirs, so long as you are traveling in the same direction.

• Arizona is zero tolerance in a 15 mph zone. Even doing 16 mph can lead to a citation.

• Only after you have completely passed a school zone, may you resume the normal, posted speed. School zone endings are usually designated by a crosswalk, "end of zone" sign or a new posted speed limit sign.

Remember, it takes every citizen to make a community safe, not just the police and the fire department. Our community as a whole needs to improve on being mindful to speed limits. Please help in the effort to keep our community and its students safe.

Nicole Raycraft

Prevention Officer

Williams Volunteer Fire Department

(Editor's note: Nicole Raycraft submitted these safety tips after receiving an anonymous letter from a concerned area resident. The letter addressed the driver of a vehicle that passed a fire truck in a 15 mph school zone.)

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