[r59] Rep. Smith Helps Make School Zone Signs More Driver-Friendly (4/14/2009)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Start Date: 4/14/2009 All Day
End Date: 4/14/2009

(STATEHOUSE) April 14, 2009 - The Indiana Senate today passed House Bill 1123, co-authored by Rep. Milo Smith (R-Columbus), to ensure speed limit signs are properly displayed in school zones. The bill passed by a vote of 48-2.

House Bill 1123 requires a sign to be located where the school zone begins, indicating the speed limit and another sign to be located at the end of the school zone indicating the speed limit for the section of highway that follows.

"Drivers need to be aware of school zones, for both their safety, and the safety of students," said Rep. Smith. "For very little cost, we could help motorists out. For an average cost of about $80 per school zone, this is minimal expenditure that will provide lasting results."

There are 1,907 schools in the state of Indiana. Under HB 1123, each would be required to have at least two signs, at the beginning and end of the school zone.