Traffic Tuesday Tip: Summer School Zones


NIXA, Mo. — You’re driving to work at a steady speed, you’ve caught every green light and couldn’t be sailing smoother– until you see the flashing yellow lights indicating your worst nightmare– slowing down for a school zone.

An inconvenience to you, but a safety precaution for thousands of kids making their way to school.

But what happens to school zones during summer break? According to lieutenant Jason Fleetwood, you’ll have to keep your speed at 20 at least until Nixa summer school ends on June 21. 

“We’re out there the same way every day, obviously we have a focus on the school zones, and we’re providing a safe environment for those kiddos getting to and from school,” said Fleetwood. 

In Nixa and surrounding communities, a safe rule of thumb is to slow down to 20 miles per hour any time you see the flashing school zone lights. Even when summer school lets out, it’s best to follow the posted speed limit as patrol cars aren’t dismissed with students.

“You’ll still see our officers out and about in those parts of our community, however we’re not enforcing the school zone speed limit because those signs aren’t flashing,” said Fleetwod.

Flashing lights are coordinated with Nixa schools, and should not flash after school, during shorter breaks or on long weekends. 

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