LAS VEGAS - Many viewers ask why school zone speed limits vary from 15 to 25 miles per hour. They also want to know what the fines are for speeding in school zones.
A road's reduced speed limit for a school zone is determined by its proximity to the school.
School zones are identified as streets adjacent to school property. They are typically located right next to schools. The posted speed limit for these zones is 15 miles per hour.
School crossing zones, on the other hand, are sections of streets that are not adjacent to school properties, but are designated as walking routes students use. The school crossing zone speed limit is 25 miles per hour.
The fines for speeding or committing a moving violation in a school zone or school crossing zone are doubled. The Las Vegas Municipal Court says the fine for a traffic violation in a school zone or school crossing zone will cost at least $208.
In North Las Vegas, a ticket in a school zone or school crossing zone ranges from $375 to $800. These violations also add points to your license, which can raise your insurance rate.
With school starting next week, police will increase patrols near schools. North Las Vegas Police will hold a pedestrian safety event Friday and patrol school zones starting Monday. Metro Police say they will also increase patrols starting Monday. Henderson Police started this week with enhanced enforcement in school zones.
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