Should Speed Limits Be Reduced Further in and near School Crossing Areas in Florida?

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In Florida and other States, the decision to set speed limits is left to the State’s Department of Transporation. Certain criteria and standards are put in place to make the determination as to the speed limit to be set in school zones, residential zones, commercial zones and other areas. Existing traffic signals, pedestrian crossing areas, and other factors are used to make the determination as to the set speed limit in these areas.

Of course, speed limits are set as maximim speed limits in any given area. It should be noted that drivers should adjust their respective driving speed to traffic conditions, the presence of pedestrians, weather, and other factors when driving in any area. Drivers should pay close attention and avoid driver distraction when in or near any Florida school zone. While drivers have a certain duty to obey traffic signals, pedestrians also have their own duties and responsibilities as well. Crosswalks and pedestrian signals should be followed and obeyed. Of course, children, including elementary, middle, and high school students, do not always obey traffic signals and / or crosswalks. Because of this, drivers cannot blindly rely on traffic signals when driving in or near school zones.

In Clay County, Orange Park, Florida, a petition has been filed seeking to reduce the speed limit near Orange Park High School located on Kingsley Avenue. The matter will be reviewed by the State of Florida – Department of Transporation. The petition was filed following a recent pedestrian accident involving Heather Barnes who was hit by a vehicle while she attempted to cross Kingsley Avenue. You can read more about this story and the efforts to change the speed limit in and near Orange Park High School at Petition Seeks to Change Speed Zone Near Florida High School.

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