Police warn drivers to be careful when Danville schools resume

DANVILLE — Police are reminding motorists that they will begin a "no tolerance" enforcement of school safety zones laws starting on Monday, the first day of the new school year for Danville public schools students.

Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said the speed limit is 20 miles per hour when children are present within a posted school safety zone.

Violators will receive a traffic ticket, which can cost them a minimum fine of $150 and an additional $50 payable to the school district. The fine increases to a minimum of $300 plus the $50 extra fee for second and subsequent offenses.

Motorists are asked to be aware of signs posted showing the special speed limits in school zones. According to the Illinois Vehicle Code, the school day is between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

"If children are present at a public or private primary or secondary school, motorists should be aware that signs are posted in the area, and the speed restriction applies," Thomason said.

In addition, it is against the law to use a cellphone while driving in a school zone.

The enforcement will continue throughout the school year.

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