Darien Police: Warnings Not An Option in School Zones
As school has started, Darien Police are reminding drivers of traffic laws around school zones.
The Darien Police Department reminds motorists to exercise caution when driving near schools, bus stops, and anywhere children may be walking near the road. Motorists are reminded of the following:
- On any two-lane roadway and within school parking lots, all traffic must stop when the school bus has its "STOP" arm extended. On a four-lane roadway, only vehicles traveling in the same direction as the bus are required to stop. The penalty for passing a stopped school bus is a $150.00 fine and a 90-day suspension of driving privileges.
- The speed limit in areas posted as "School Zones" is 20 mph on school days from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., when children are present in the area.
- Seatbelts should be worn on every trip, every time.
- When driving near schools, drivers are reminded to be alert for adult school crossing guards and student patrols that may be assisting children crossing the street. Motorists are required to obey the instructions of adult school crossing guards, so use caution and be prepared to stop.
- Cell Phones are prohibited in school zones for everyone!. State statute prohibits the use of cell phones for all drivers, regardless of age, while operating a motor vehicle in a school zone.
The Darien Police Department strictly enforces all laws regarding school speed zones, school crossings, and school bus stop requirements. Darien Police Officers will issue full citations for all violations near schools or school zones. Warnings will not be an option.
*The above is a media announcement from the Darien Police Department.