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Connects Against Crime: Cracking Down on Speeders in School Zones

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:16 PM CDT

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- The signs near Mann Elementary in Iowa City are your first warning.

"You're going to see a brightly colored sign thats trying to draw your attention and make you aware that is a school zone," says Officer Jorey Bailey.

However, there are still plenty of drivers who seem to ignore it.

"Another vehicle coming down the hill there are 33, 34"

In Iowa City the speed limit is 25, it's the same 25 here in Cedar Rapids but they want drivers to realize they are approaching a school zone way before time and that's why the yellow flashing lights were installed.
Back in Iowa City, near Mann Elementary there's another light. A traffic stop nearby is one of a few school zone traffic lights in Iowa City. Police there are grateful it's there, but there is a downside.

"The one bad side to that is that if someone hits the green light or trying to make the green light to get through that light it may increase their speed," Bailey said.

While CBS 2 and FOX 28 were in the car with Officer Bailey, the crew spotted car after car speeding to make the light when the driver should have been slowing down.

"Once you enter that limit zone, so once you see the sign and you are pass that  zone you should be at speed," says Bailey.

A ticket in a school zone is the same as if you were speeding on the highway or interstate. Fines depend on how fast over the limit you drove but police say the fines are the point, the safety of kids is. 

"We have kids walking to and from school everyday, using the sidewalk, crossing the street to school and we want traffic to slow down and be aware that those kids are there so we can keep them safe," Bailey said.

Connects Against Crime: Cracking Down on Speeders in School Zones

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