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The School Zone Safety Program aims to increase safety in school zones by reducing vehicle speeds and identifying pedestrian needs. School zones experience increased pedestrian and vehicle volume, especially during school start and end time. Reducing vehicle speeds reduces the likelihood of a crash, reduces the severity of crashes and increases pedestrian comfort. Improving signage to clearly mark the beginning and end of school zones and installing flashing beacons to indicate when reduced speed limits are in effect will help drivers know how they are expected to drive when driving through school zones.

This program currently has two parts: General Safety Improvements and School Pathways

School Zone Safety Program links to General Improvements and School Pathways General safety improvements. School pathways.


1. What is a school zone?

A school zone includes designated roadways located near a school where additional care is needed due to an increase in school-related pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

A school zone extends up to 300 feet from the border of the school property, or at least 300 feet from a school crossing. Standard school speed limit signs mark the beginning of a school zone, and end school zone signs indicate the end of a school zone. The school zone includes only areas of active school use.

2. Who do I contact if I have questions about a speeding ticket issued in a school zone?

The King County Sheriff's Office can be contacted at 206-296-3311.

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