KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Police demonstrate school zone slow downs. Going from the regular speed limit of 30 down to 20 in a school zone may just be a 10 mile per hour difference, but 10 miles per hour could save someone's life.
Sgt. Ken Lattin of the Kennewick Police Department says "you are going to see that just 10 miles per hour difference. It's 35 feet difference between hitting a child and stopping 35 feet short."
Police are warning drivers before school starts. Ryan Flanagan of Pasco Police says "tomorrow is the big day. Most of the students here are going to be starting coming off from a long summer vacation. You know, parents are going to be running late adjusting to the new schedules. People are going to be in a hurry to get to where they need to go."
The school zone extends 300 feet from the crosswalk. Drivers are told to be ready for the unexpected. Lattin says "that is really the hazard. You may think why would a kid step out right here and cross the street. Well they just might do that. They are going to do things that are unexpected."
There's going to be a major emphasis in school zones with officers monitoring traffic.