Do You Have to Obey Connecticut School Zone Signs During The Summer?
I was just thinking about this the other day when I was driving home and came across a school zone and a reduced speed limit sign. I wondered if even though schools out, do I still have to obey the sign?
It may seem pretty obvious, there's no school, so why slow down? Plus, I've never seen someone slow down when there's no school, or even when there is school for that matter. I've also never been behind anyone who's slowed down for one of those signs during the summer. I know some schools have summer programs, and summer classes, but that's only at certain schools, and for a good part of the day there's no one even near the buildings.
So could you actually get a ticket for going over the speed limit during the summer in a school zone? Connecticut State Law says the fine for speeding in a school zone can be anywhere from $181 to $286 dollars.
Now I'm not an expert on the law, so I reached out to the Danbury Police Department for an official clarification. Here's what I was told:
All of the city streets are by statute 25 miles per hour, in school zones it drops to 15 miles per hour, and even in the summer months you have to abide by the posted sign and speed limit. Most times you have to assume that there may be something going on in the school. There is some good news for drivers, during the summer months these laws are not as strictly enforced.
So when you're heading full speed through a school zone during the summer, you have to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel Lucky?" Well, do ya', punk? :)
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