Safer zone

LEWISTOWN – A speed enforcement detail set up April 9 at East Derry Elementary School clocked more than 100 vehicles traveling through the school zone at speeds greater than the posted 15 mph.

Mifflin County Regional Police Cpl. Robert Haines said the check was set up in response to public complaints received by the police department and school district about vehicles speeding in school zones.

All of the vehicles checked were traveling above the posted speed limit, according to a press release. According to the release, most of the vehicles were traveling at least 11 mph over the limit.

Drivers traveling Back Maitland Road near East Derry Elementary School or old U.S. 322 near Indian Valley Elementary School Center should be aware of school zones and speed changes. Officers will be running speed details in these areas weekly. Violators will be issued citations, according to the release.

According to the release, Pennsylvania passed Bill 873 in late 2004 which increased penalties for speed limit violations in school zones. The law raised the maximum traffic fine for speeding in a school zone to $500 and three license points if the driver exceeds the speed limit by more than 11 mph, according to the release.

For a second or subsequent offense, the law allows for the driver to face a 60-day license suspension, according to the release.

Other school safety offenses to keep in mind include improperly meeting or overtaking a school bus. Drivers can be fined $250 for each violation. The release states a conviction will result in a 60-day license suspension and assessment of five points on the violator’s driving record.