UNL students slow down. If you're driving around Lincoln tomorrow night a speeding ticket could cost you double in city school zones. Double all the way up to $400.
The City of Lincoln and the Lincoln Public Schools will be cracking down on speeding in all of the city's school zones between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. It's part of “Safe Walk and Safe Ride to School Night,” and all 25 mph speed zones will be in operation and enforced to remind the public that area public and parochial schools are re-opening soon.
The purpose of these lower school zone speed limits is to protect student pedestrians or to increase safety of roads that become traffic-congested around school's during opening and closing hours.
Speed limits are one of the oldest strategies for controlling driving speeds. Ironically, NewsNetNebraska found one government report which suggests school zone speed limits may not be effective. A United States National Research Council report entitled "Managing Speed", (pg 102), concluded, "Studies of the effectiveness of school zone limits ... generally found poor driver compliance ... and no relationship between pedestrian crashes and the [school zone] limits."
Lincoln public schools resume classes next Monday. The Lincoln Police Department has a “no tolerance” policy for enforcing the 25 mph school speed zones and the fines are steep. Ten years ago, the City Council passed an ordinance that doubled fines for speeding in school speed zones.
The fines (not including court costs) for speeding in a 25 mph school speed zone are:
• $20 for traveling 1 to 5 mph over the speed limit
• $50 for traveling 6 to 10 mph over the speed limit
• $150 for traveling 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit
• $250 for traveling 16 to 20 mph over the speed limit
• $400 for traveling 21 mph or more over the speed limit