The Traffic Stop: Fines Doubled in School Zones

By MPD Executive Officer Mo Hawkinson
January 06, 2016

(STO #204 & KSA 8-1560… Find the exact wording here:

Loose meaning: slow your speed around our schools!

School is back in session after the holidays and children are commuting to and from school. School zone speed enforcement is again a priority for McPherson KS Police Department.

Mornings are dark at the beginning of the zone enforcement time. Weather contributes as well, consider glare and road conditions. Focus on your driving –not your destination!

McPherson has many 20 mph speed zones for schools. Several are designated by special yellow wink-o-matic traffic controls & are enforced during a certain time of day (north and south Main Street, east First Street, east Kansas Avenue, east Euclid Street, and west Avenue A).

Some school zones are not machine-controlled. Those zones only have posted signage. Others are in force at times other than the start and end of school, like lunchtime. Many have a crossing guard, but a few do not –be watchful!

Fines double in a school speed zone. The minimum cost for a fine and court fee for a school speed zone violation is $135.50.

The “Traffic Stop” appears on Tuesdays to address topics of traffic enforcement in the City of McPherson. The Traffic Section of Patrol Bureau organizes the “Traffic Stop” and welcomes suggestions on topics to address.

Please private message MPD on Facebook your traffic enforcement questions or call if any question requires an immediate answer on our non-emergency line: (620)245-1200.