BELLEVUE – New flashing school zone lights are being installed near Enatai Elementary School as part of a $1.5 million statewide grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission to improve safety around schools.
The project at Enatai, set for completion by Oct. 18, will use $7,500 of this grant funding, with the remaining $17,500 coming from the City of Bellevue’s Traffic Safety Technologies Fund.
The flashing yellow lights will bring greater attention to the posted 20 mph speed limit in force when children are present. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission found in a study that flashing lights lower drivers’ speed through school zones by an average of 5 to 7 mph.
Part of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission Grant will enable Bellevue Police officers to increase their enforcement in school zones. The citation fine for speeding in a school zone is $177, which may not be waived, reduced or suspended.
For more information, please contact Karen Gonzalez, Neighborhood Programs Manager, at 425-452-4598 or Kgonzalez@bellevuewa.gov
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