I couldn’t agree more with Ray Egan of Steilacoom in his comments concerning the confusion caused by all the different times when school zone speed limits are in effect in the area.
In addition to his comments I read in one announcement that the school zone was also in effect on weekends when there were school activities going on. How are most people supposed to know when there are activities going on in the school on weekends?
It seems to me there is a need for coordination of school zone rules in a metropolitan area like Tacoma. With the hodge podge of times it is highly possible that a person could innocently be in violation when driving in the area thus making that person a potential recipient of a ticket.
Often it is stated that the laws aren’t really enforced unless there are children present; it is my opinion that’s just as bad. Laws that are ignored or unenforced need to be changed because they simply allow for incidents that are detrimental to all concerned.
No one wants to see a child hurt by a car. In this era of road rage we need to eliminate the potential for stress as much as possible and that means clarifying and coordinating the school zone times.
Having realistic times for school zones makes sense. For example, Steilacoom’s dictate of 7 am to 9 pm is clearly an unrealistic period.
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