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What Is the Penalty for Speeding in a School Zone?

School zones are designated areas where drivers have to slow down to protect children from tragic injuries.

Understandably, the law placed the burden on drivers passing through school zones to ensure they maintain safe speeds throughout. Additionally, penalties are higher for those who are caught speeding in a school zone.

In the unfortunate event you are ticketed in a school zone, you might be wondering what the penalty could be and how you can contest your traffic ticket.

How Does Colorado Law Define Speeding?

Unlike in other states, Colorado law does not have a precise or absolute speed limit for its roads. Rather, drivers must drive at a speed no greater than what is reasonable and prudent under the existing conditions.

This means speed limits vary depending on the location and the circumstances. Driving 60 miles per hour might be reasonable on the highways under a bright sky, but that speed may be considered reckless and unsafe when it’s dark and raining.

The same principle applies to school zones. The different speed limits will depend on the exposure of school-age pedestrians to traffic, the age of the pedestrians, and the nature of the traffic.

In case of doubt, it’s always best to err on the side of safety and slow down substantially in school zones. Most school zones have a speed limit of 20mph, and if you are caught going over this speed limit, the penalties can be harsher than other forms of speeding.

What Are the Penalties for Speeding in a School Zone?

First, you must know the penalties for speeding in general, and these vary depending on how fast you are driving above the speed limit.

If you were speeding 1-4 mph over the reasonable speed or over the maximum lawful speed of 75mph, your action could be classified as a Class A traffic infraction, punishable only by a fine.

However, going 25mph over the speed limit could get you penalized with a fine of $300-$1,000 and imprisonment of 10 days to one year.

In the case of school zones, the penalties are increased. Colorado law provides the listed penalties are doubled if your violation occurs in a school zone.

Ask an Experienced Lawyer for Help

Experienced traffic tickets lawyers can help you fight for your rights and establish any available defense under the law. They can also help by negotiating with the prosecutor, saving you hundreds of dollars.

A speeding ticket does not have to be as damaging as it can potentially be. At Justice for Colorado, we provide quality legal representation for all our clients, and when it comes to traffic tickets, it’s always best to have a lawyer on your side as soon as possible.

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