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Back To School in Lynnwood: Speed Enforcement in School Zones
08/20/2009Lynnwood Police Department news
— Children are eight times more likely to die if hit by a motor vehicle moving at
30 mph, compared to vehicles traveling 20 mph, or less. It takes a vehicle going 30
mph twice the distance to stop as a vehicle going 20 mph. The frequency of speeding
in school zones suggests that risks in neighborhoods with fewer safety measures are
Because of this, along with resident complaints and a school zone speed study, the
city of Lynnwood is installing speed enforcement cameras in two school zones. One
of the speed camera systems will be in the Lynnwood Elementary school zone on 44th
Avenue W., and the other at the Meadowdale High, Middle and Elementary school zone
on 168th Street SW.
In addition, The Edmonds School District agrees with need for the new speed enforcement
technology. Starting on the first day of school, Sept. 8, there will be many more
children walking or riding their bikes to school than before because the Edmonds School
District will no longer be able to provide bus service to students who live within
a one-mile radius of their school. (See Related Article).
Lynnwood has a multifaceted approach to reducing school zone speeding. In addition
to the new technology, there will be enhanced enforcement activities from the Lynnwood
Police Department, patrols by police volunteers, flashing crosswalk lights, and adult
crossing guards from the school district.
During a study of the speeds in the school zones this past October, one example showed
there were 222 speeders found going more than 11 miles over the speed limit from 7
to 10 a.m. in just one lane on 168th St. SW. Of these vehicles, 16 were going more
than 51 mph and two were going more than 71 mph.
The school zone camera system will be in operation when the crosswalk lights are flashing
and only during school times, which are from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on school days. The
system isn’t constantly filming; it only takes photos when there’s a violation.
The speed camera enforcement fines are:
* 6 to 15 MPH over the speed limit - $124 fine
* 16 MPH or more over the speed limit - $250 fine
These fines are like parking citations; they don’t go on your insurance or driving
records. These fines are much less than if police give you an infraction for speeding
in a school zone.
Get to School on the Safe Side of the Street
As a result of the loss in state funding for schools, the Edmonds School District
has been forced to make significant reductions to create a balanced budget for the
2009-10 school year. Many of these reductions are to student transportation because
roughly half of those costs are not reimbursed by the state. For this reason, starting
the first day of school, Sept. 8, the district will no longer be able to provide bus
service to students who live within a one-mile radius of the student’s school, which
is recognized by the state as a no-bus-service zone. Because of this, the Lynnwood
Police Department and the Edmonds School District would like to offer some pedestrian
and bicycle safety tips for your children:
• Before school begins on Sept. 8, walk the routes your children will walk or bike
to school to point out potential dangers and safe havens if they need help.
• Teach your children to be wary of strangers and to report any suspicious contacts
to a trusted adult or 911. It’s never ok to accept a ride without parent’s permission—even
from people who they know.
• Since there is safety in numbers, urge your children to walk or bike with a buddy.
• Insist that your children wear bike helmets and teach them the bicycle rules of
the road. (The Lynnwood Recreation Center offers helmets for only $9)
• Make sure your child’s bike is safe; check the brakes, reflectors, and chain guard
or take it to a bike shop for a check up.
• Encourage your children to be highly visible by wearing bright, light-colored clothing.
• Urge your children to walk against traffic and ride bikes with the traffic whenever
• Teach your children to cross streets only at marked crosswalks and to watch for
turning vehicles. They should make eye contact with drivers before stepping out and
look both ways.
• It’s not safe to wear headphones because you may be unable to hear approaching vehicles.
• Children under 10 should cross the street with an adult or older child.
• Teach children to look around parked cars or other objects blocking their view before
they cross the street.
We highly encourage parents to work together to form a “Waking School Bus” for their
children. A Walking School Bus is a group of children walking to school accompanied
by one or more adults.
For more information on Walking School Bus contact the ESD director of transportation
Craig Christensen at 425-431-7233. For help in finding the best route to walk or bike
call Tracie Chandler at 425-431-1400.
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