FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 1996
Governor signs bill doubling penalties
for school speed zone violations
OLYMPIA -- Gov. Mike Lowry today
traveled to a Yakima grade school to sign into law a bill that
should make drivers in school zones and playground areas think
twice before speeding through them.
Under House Bill 2518, drivers who ignore reduced speed limits
can get speeding tickets of $100, up from the previous $50 fine.
"This bill should help improve our children's safety around
school areas and playgrounds," the governor said at Apple
Valley Elementary School. "I want to thank the parents and
children in Yakima who took the initiative to work with state
government to get this bill passed."
In recent months, parents and students had grown increasingly
concerned about safety when vehicles around the school grounds
were clocked traveling well above the posted 20 miles-per-hour
speed limit. Parents worked with Rep. Mary Skinner, R-Yakima,
to get the bill started, and five students from the school's safety
patrol traveled to Olympia to testify before the Senate Transportation
Committee in support of the bill.
The bill doubles the fines for drivers found guilty of speeding
in a school or playground zone. The courts may not waive, reduce
or suspend the penalty.
The new law goes into effect immediately.
For more information, contact the Governor's Communications Office at 360-753-6790.