Reduced speed limits in some school zones take effect this week

Roanoke City Public Schools will open Friday, Nov. 15, after police lifted the shelter-in-place on the Grandin Road near Patrick Henry High School.

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Speed limits in some Roanoke city school zones will be reduced beginning August 15th. The speed limit will go down from 25 miles per hour to 15 miles per hour in certain school zones. A Virginia Department of Transportation representative says new signage has been installed in all the affected zones.

“As a parent of 3 kids, I really do feel reassured that people are being thoughtful about the speed limit. So I appreciate the idea of going to 15 instead of 25,” says Steven, a father of three.

The reduced speed limits come after an ordinance that was approved by Roanoke City Council. The lower speed limit will only apply during school flasher operations and a half-hour before and after school start and end times.

“I have a little girl so anything that involves kids and their safety I’m totally for,” says mom of one, Amber Parker.

Roanoke Police will increase enforcement of the new speed limit during the first few weeks of the school year. Drivers are encouraged to reduce speed and watch for children when going through any school zone.

For a complete list of school zones with the reduced speed limit, look here.

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