Fines Doubled in School Zones!

By MPD Sergeant Mo Hawkinson
August 17, 2016

Fines Doubled in School Zones (STO #204 & KSA 8-1560 Find the exact wording

School starts today, so it’s a perfect time to remind everyone to S L O W your speed around our schools! McPherson has many 20 mph school zones. Special yellow wink-o-matic traffic controls designate some zones enforced during a certain time of day (N. and S. Main St., E. First St., E. Kansas Avenue, E. Euclid St., and W. Avenue A).

Other 20 mph zones are not machine-controlled. Those zones have only posted signage. Others are in force at times other than the start and end of school, like lunchtime – so be watchful!

At the beginning of a new school year, students are unfamiliar with their new route to school. Parents and students alike may be new to a particular school, or just excited, and not as attentive. Some students may be driving themselves to school for the first time. Weather and time of day contribute, as well; consider glare and road conditions. Focus on your driving –not your destination! Fines DOUBLE in a school or construction zone and $138 is the MINIMUM total fine with court cost for a school zone violation in the City of McPherson. Winking yellow lights can change to flashing red and blue lights in the blink of an eye. Drive safely!

On most Tuesdays, MPD addresses a topic dealing with traffic enforcement in the City of McPherson. The Traffic Section of Patrol Bureau organizes “The Traffic Stop.”

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