[r53] Rep. Cherry Helps Make School Zone Signs More Driver-Friendly (2/17/2009)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Start Date: 2/17/2009 All Day
End Date: 2/17/2009

(STATEHOUSE) Feb. 17, 2009 - The House of Representatives today passed unanimously House Bill 1123, authored by Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) to ensure speed limit signs are properly displayed in school zones.

"House Bill 1123 requires schools to display a sign indicating the designated speed limit at the beginning of the school zone and another sign indicated the end of the school zone," said Rep. Cherry. "Motorists need to be properly warned when they are in a school zone, when the school zone ends and that the designated speed limit is in effect."

"Currently, Indiana has 1,907 schools. If each school used two speed limit signs, the cost per speed zone established would be around $80."

In addition, the bill requires Indiana Department of Transportation to install a traffic signal at an intersection in the immediate vicinity of certain schools and private colleges and universities. INDOT would also be required to illuminate the intersection and fund the costs of illumination.

Rep. Cherry can be reached by e-mail at h53@IN.gov, by phone at 1-800-382-9841 or by mail at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.