Tri-City School Zone Speeding Results From First Days of Class
KENNEWICK, Wash. - As students go back to school, speed limits in school zones are going back down to 20 miles-per-hour.
So far the first days of school show no major accidents in school zones in the Tri-Cities. One Kennewick student was hit by a car walking to class, but it was not in a school zone. Injuries were minor.
Richland police said they pulled over 25 drivers Wednesday morning, and Kennewick police said they've already written about a dozen speeding tickets.
Officers want to remind drivers, slow down in school zones, just going from 20 to 30 miles-an-hour doubles your stopping distance.
"So now we're talking about the difference between before you hit a child and hitting, injuring, or even killing a child. So that 10 miles-per-hour is critical. We need everybody to obey that 20 miles-per-hour posted speed limit," said Sgt. Ken Lattin, Kennewick Police Department.
Kennewick Police said it usually takes drivers a couple of months to adjust to the slower speed limit, but they hope more people pick up on it sooner.