County Attorney Newsroom
Vigilance in School Zones - Fines Double
Tuesday August 27, 2013
Public and parochial schools are back in session, and County Attorney Mike O’Connell and Louisville Metro Police issued a warning to drivers today.
Don’t speed in school zones, or the fine will be doubled. No exceptions.
“Speed kills. Too many drivers speed in school zones, placing children and crossing guards at risk,” said Mike O’Connell. “That’s why my office is working with Metro Police to prosecute speeders to the maximum. With schools back in session, for the safety of our children and crossing guards, drivers need to slow down.
“My prosecutors see approximately 100 cases a week of speeding in a school zone,” said O’Connell. “In the past five years, we have had two crossing guards injured and one killed in school zone accident.”
“A new school year has begun, and this requires extra vigilance from drivers on all Metro streets and roads,” said LMPD Traffic Unit Commander Lt. Joe Seelye. “One moment of inattention can be tragic. Already, some students are gathering at bus stops in darkness, and soon weather will be a factor. Modern drivers can be distracted by many things. Keep your eyes and attention on the road. You may save a life.”