Rep. Morris improves safety in school zone areas

Monday, April 11, 2011 7:00 pm

Start Date:  4/11/2011  All Day  
End Date:  4/11/2011    

House bill 1224 passes both chambers

Rep. Bob Morris (R- Fort Wayne) co-authored House Bill 1224 which pertains to speed zones for all-year schools. This is a bi-partisan bill with both Democrat and Republican authorship.

The bill states that after June 30, 2012, if a school speed zone has been established for a school that operates on a 12 month schedule then there must be a school zone sign indicating that the school is an all-year school in order for the posted speed limit to be valid.

"This is an issue based solely on protecting young students," said Rep. Morris. "By signs being posted, alerting drivers of a year round school they will be aware that there are students present and they need to be more cautious and reduce their speed."

According to the Department of Education, in 2007, there were 21 all-year schools, or about 1.1% of all schools.

"I am excited to see a bi-partisan bill that protects the safety of our youth pass through both chambers," said Rep. Morris. "By enacting this simple bill, it will increase safety for our students."