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Cary police enforce school zone speed limits

Posted August 28, 2008

— Cary police are working to get drivers to slow down in school zones or face a ticket.

Operation Flash Backer involves officers' moving among different school zones, checking for speeders.

Lt. Mark Parker said the plan, which will last through September, is an effort “to protect our smallest citizens.”

Since the program started this week, officers have issued 121 citations. One driver was stopped for traveling 59 mph in a 25 mph school zone.

The increased law enforcement is in response to two vehicle-pedestrian crashes that occurred in August and September 2006 near Green Hope High School. Drivers were not found to be at fault in either case, but the crashes did move the Cary Town Council to review pedestrian safety and make changes.

School zone warning signs and flashers were installed at all public schools in Cary throughout the summer.

“That is why the enforcement operation is in progress, to help reinforce that,” Parker said.

Keith Watkins’ son lives a short walk across the street from his school, but every day the child takes the school bus.

“That is not safe to have a little one crossing that street (Reedy Creek Road),” Watkins said.

Watkins said Reedy Creek Road is often a shortcut for people in a hurry. This year, the road was made into a school zone in an effort to slow down drivers, Reedy Creek Elementary Principal Trent Evans said.

In 2007, the Cary Town Council voted to lower speed limits near the district’s 22 public schools to at least 10 mph lower than regular posted speeds, though with no speeds lower than 25 mph.

Drivers should know that school zone speeds are in effect 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after school hours and that speeding violations within school zones carry a $50 fine plus court costs.


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  • The Neutralizer Aug 29, 2008

    CARY is an awesome place to live. I think people are so preoccupied with there own problems they forget the safety of our children. CPD is only going to give those irresponsible drivers a freindly reminder. $50.00 is not a deterrent it should be more like $250.00. I have seen people going over 50 MPH at Northwoods Elementary on HWY 54 (Chapel Hill Rd) in a total disregard to the School Zone Speed Limit. Poeple if you don't like to follow the LAW then move out of our beautiful-safe city and stop complaining. I wish CPD management would be more consistent with these initiatives and therefore we can avoid a major tragedy.

  • soonerwolfie Aug 29, 2008

    Wow, that's awesome.

    I wish I made headline news everytime I did my job.

  • georgeorwell1 Aug 29, 2008

    Why do they, and all police departments, not enforce these laws all the time. It just seems academic to patrol school zones during the mornings and afternoons.

  • BULLDOZER Aug 29, 2008

    Revenue is down for TOC and what a better campaign then to cloak it under safety for the kids. I am sure our school zones will be much safer after this campaign has ended.

  • onlymy2cents Aug 29, 2008

    jgirl5830-it seems like you hang out a lot at Daylight doughnuts since you seem to know the where abouts of all the Cary PD,......

    And if I were to "hang out a lot at Daylight doughnuts.." are you implying and or confirming one WOULD see CPD hanging out there as well, officer????

  • onlymy2cents Aug 29, 2008

    jgirl5830-it seems like you hang out a lot at Daylight doughnuts since you seem to know the where abouts of all the Cary PD, get a life, less than 200 officers for a town of over 100,000 do the math they can't be everywhere all of the time, stop cop bashing its so old on these blogs really.

    Anyone living in Cary for more than 30 minutes knows there are local doughnut shops. You seem to be a bit defensive too. Are you lizards patrol partner??? I never claimed to know whereabouts of CPD. What an assumption on your part officer.

  • fletchermse Aug 29, 2008

    "all the sign says is "Slow School". "

    I think that's because it's a WCPSS school :p

  • Timbo Aug 29, 2008

    "but to take 2 yrs. to get to this point!?!?!?"

    I believe they already have attempted some preventative measures at the intersections/crossings you are referring to.

  • dcatz Aug 29, 2008

    There are far too many busy-bodies that think they have the right to control other people's lives.

    The point is that the 59mph driver didn't harm anyone or violate anyone's fundamental liberties. That's all that matters.

    You can't have a free society when government thugs are constantly in your life telling you what you can and cannot do in your own personal life. The government's place is enforcing contracts between entities and punishing people who violate another person's rights; a philosophy supported by many of our founding fathers including Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.

    If someone is driving recklessly or needlessly fast and then hurts someone, then by all means, punish them for harming the victim(s) and violating their rights. But preventative measures such as "speed limits" have never worked and only violate the nature rights of people who drive. Heck, the Autobahn is one of the safest highways in Europe and it has no speed limits. Read the statistics yourself.

  • I know some stuff Aug 29, 2008

    Let's see...they are just Now responding to 2 incidents from 2 years ago, and the drivers were not at fault in those.
    hmmm...pathetic response time, they should be ashamed of themselves.
    Don't misunderstand me, I'm not against anything that improves safety at school zones, but to take 2 yrs. to get to this point!?!?!?