The consequences of speeding in a school zone are hard-hitting in the state of North Carolina. By hard-hitting, I mean a hefty fine of $250 plus court costs and the possibility of getting 5 points on your license.
The North Carolina General Assembly recently passed a law, effective on August 25, 2011, which increases the penalty for speeding in school zones and on school property. The fine increased 10 times from previous fine of $25 because of the need to crack down on speeding.
The most important thing to remember is that this law is not about passing out more speeding tickets, it’s about children’s safety. We want our children to be able to walk or ride their bikes to school without being harmed by a careless driver. As a result, various cities in North Carolina have put police officials in place to patrol school zones to make sure kids are getting to school safely. The officers and deputies will be monitoring speed and following buses for the first few weeks of school and periodically throughout the school year.
Always remember to be safe and mindful of the safety of others around you. Share this information with your family and friends so that they too can be informed about protecting the children of our communities. For more tips on how to keep your kids car safe during the school year, please visit our blog and kidsandcars.org for more information.