Legislation protecting Hoosier children signed into law

Posted by: Courtney Scott  | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

STATEHOUSE – Legislation sponsored by State Representative Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) regarding speed limits in school zones was signed into law by the governor.

Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 35 allows a city, town or county to reduce the speed limit in a non-urban school zone to 20 mph. Current law provides that the speed limit may not be less than 30 mph outside an urban district.

“I decided to carry this legislation in the House as a result of recent discussions in Zionsville regarding lowering speed limits in school zones as a means of increasing student safety,” said Rep. Schaibley. “However, by law, they discovered that they were obligated to keep the speed limit at a minimum of 30 mph because they are a non-urban district.”

As a result of this law, the minimum school zone speed limit may now be set at 20 mph for both urban and non-urban districts. 

“SEA 35 simply provides an option for districts to lower their speed limit,” said Rep. Schaibley. “As a former substitute teacher, I am pleased to see this bill signed into law to provide more flexibility to districts when it comes to the important task of keeping our children safe.”

The penalty for speeding in a school zone is a Class B infraction, and SEA 35 will go into effect on July 1, 2015.

For more information on SEA 35, please visit iga.in.gov.