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school zone speed limits #4553200
10/24/17 02:26 PM
10/24/17 02:26 PM
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Houston, Texas
motor_oil_madman Offline OP
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So I have a school zone right at the entrance of my neighborhood and the speed limit for the main road is 50mph and during school zone hours it's 30mph. Then you get into the neighborhood and the speed limit is 20mph and I don't think that speed limit decreases any when the kids are releasing, but I'll do between 10-12mph usually and the crossing guard always signals me to slow down. It literally doesn't matter what speed I'm going. I'm starting to think it's because I drive a diesel. You know how some people hear a bunch of noise and they assume you're going fast? I put my foot on the throttle to take a left into the neighborhood, then I'm practically coasting the rest of the way through the little 250 foot long school zone. I've even argued with the guy a couple times too. He's like well if that's 12mph, you need to get your speedometer checked.

Opinions?

Last edited by motor_oil_madman; 10/24/17 02:30 PM.

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Re: school zone speed limits [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4553208
10/24/17 02:34 PM
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TX
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Formally grieve the harassment.

Where abouts in Houston?

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Re: school zone speed limits [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4553212
10/24/17 02:39 PM
10/24/17 02:39 PM
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Storrs, Connecticut
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I had a school crossing guard tell me that 5 mph is too fast once. I think some of those people take their job a bit too seriously.

School zones around here are 25 mph (usually labeled with signs) while school is in session. No matter how much noise you make, if you are going the limit or below they can't do anything. It is one thing if kids are trying to cross and he is signaling for you to stop or something, but otherwise there shouldn't be an issue.


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Re: school zone speed limits [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4553218
10/24/17 02:42 PM
10/24/17 02:42 PM
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ON, Canada eh?
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ON, Canada eh?
Does he drive in the fast lane at 10 below the speed limit making everyone late for work? Or maybe he's the guy that writes angry letters to the city about rabbit poop he finds on his lawn. LOL


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Re: school zone speed limits [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4553220
10/24/17 02:43 PM
10/24/17 02:43 PM
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Houston, Texas
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Imo it's better to be looking up and looking out for kids, not looking at the dash worrying about how I'm doing 15mph instead of 10.


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Re: school zone speed limits [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4553221
10/24/17 02:43 PM
10/24/17 02:43 PM
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Onondaga County
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Unrelated but ... After getting a school zone ticket for following the speed limit signs (including the one that tells you the school zone is over), I idle in 1st gear through school zones!

There's no such thing as too slow for me.

A week after getting the ticket I had to pick up a U-Haul trailer in the exact spot I got the ticket. The F-350 with 6:1 first gear and 4.10 gears idles very slow. But I had the flashers on so I was safe.


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Re: school zone speed limits [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4553232
10/24/17 02:51 PM
10/24/17 02:51 PM
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Houston, Texas
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Just for the record we have those led signs that tell you how fast you're going in a few different areas that I drive to and my speedometer is spot on.


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Re: school zone speed limits [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4553235
10/24/17 02:54 PM
10/24/17 02:54 PM
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Deep in the heart of Jersey
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Deep in the heart of Jersey
They need more signs they have enough idiots. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Loqubeb6M9w

Re: school zone speed limits [Re: jeepman3071] #4553257
10/24/17 03:13 PM
10/24/17 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted By: jeepman3071
I had a school crossing guard tell me that 5 mph is too fast once. I think some of those people take their job a bit too seriously.



Yep, especially when they have the least little bit of power.


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Re: school zone speed limits [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4553261
10/24/17 03:14 PM
10/24/17 03:14 PM
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Saskatchewan, Canada
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I personally prefer very consistent speed laws; when it's clear to drivers they can look around instead of worrying about the speed. If, for example, there are only three urban* speed limits (it's not particularly important what they are; the local citizens should decide) then people know how fast they should be going wherever they are.

Some places have speed limits that change incrementally everywhere, nobody knows how fast they should be going (I know there are signs, but not every sign is well placed for drivers, so they can be missed).

Not sure what to say about someone getting a ticket when traveling below the posted limit. You can't do that here (radar evidence, photo radar or car camera footage when following is required, and there is no penalty available for exceeding by 10 km / 6 mph or less) but you have my sympathies.

For what it's worth, the people most often seen ignoring posted limits at School Zones, in my experience, are the parents of students attending. That these are also the ratepayers who most stridently demand such limits, you have to wonder if the safety of their own children is really a priority, versus just appearing to care.

* Not referring to urban arteries that carry what amounts to highway traffic, but even then, there should be just one limit where traffic lights aren't encountered, and another where they are, and those should be long and interrupted.


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Re: school zone speed limits [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4553289
10/24/17 03:39 PM
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USA
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I see schools with kids around, I almost creep. They aren't watching......they're kids. I couldn't bare the thought of hitting a kid. I lose maybe 30-45 seconds of drive time vs a lifetime of grief. No contest.


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Re: school zone speed limits [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4553306
10/24/17 03:52 PM
10/24/17 03:52 PM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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Check the speed with your phones gps


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Re: school zone speed limits [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4553323
10/24/17 04:09 PM
10/24/17 04:09 PM
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New England
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People ride my butt when I drive less than 25MPH in my neighborhood. Good for you for being safer than most.

I would get my speedometer checked, just so I could smugly show it to him and shut him up.


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Re: school zone speed limits [Re: motor_oil_madman] #4553392
10/24/17 05:27 PM
10/24/17 05:27 PM
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Upstate NY
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I think some folks can't judge speed well. If your truck is large, it may look to him like it is going faster than it is.

If they set up a speedtrap, you'd be in the right at 10-12.


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Re: school zone speed limits [Re: gathermewool] #4553408
10/24/17 05:37 PM
10/24/17 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted By: gathermewool
People ride my butt when I drive less than 25MPH in my neighborhood. Good for you for being safer than most.

I would get my speedometer checked, just so I could smugly show it to him and shut him up.


The speed limit in my neighborhood is 25 MPH and people can ride my butt all day long, but that's as fast as I'll allow them to go. I'll also hog the road to prevent them passing me. There are children in the neighborhood as well as people walking their dogs, so slow is good.
The irony is that the same folks who can't drive at a safe speed on a residential street are clogging up traffic on the interstate since they're afraid to maintain the speeds left lane traffic requires on rural limited access highways.
Too fast when they should be going slowly and too slow when they should be driving fast.
Fulltime clueless.


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