During the 40-plus years the Sulphur Springs school campus on League Street has been a high school and middle school, there were no school zones on those streets surrounding the campus.
That has changed.
As the second semester gets underway, Sulphur Springs Police Captain Jay Sanders says signs have been posted and school zones are now in place and in effect around Sulphur Springs Elementary School (the old Middle School) surrounded by Bell, League, Texas and Lee streets.
School zone speed limits on Bell, Texas and Lee streets are all 20 miles per hour. The limit on League, however, is different.
“What we did on League Street is drop it to 25 miles per hour because we wanted to follow the state guidelines on lowering and raising speeds,” Sanders said of the regularly-posted 40 mph zone. “So, it will be 25 miles per hour, and it will be timed where it is just posted from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. and then from 2 p.m. to four p.m.”
Along with the school zone postings, signs warning drivers about the use of cell phones in the zones are also in place, and police officers will be enforcing both any time children are at the school.
“Some of the new laws on school zones, you are going to see signs that say 'When children are present.'” Sanders said. “What that means is when school is in effect, when there are actually kids on campus for regular school or school functions, school zones will be in effect.”
Patrol and enforcement will be just like that in any other school zone. Motorists need to keep in mind that at SSES, the zones encircle the entire campus.
“There will be no flashing lights, these are simple city ordinance school zones, so they are just posted,” Sanders said. “You can't get on any of those street without seeing a [school zone] sign. Every inlet and outlet is posted.”
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