Attention all drivers, school is now in session. When the school zone signs are flashing, drivers must abide by the posted speed limits. Sounds obvious, right? It usually is, but there are times drivers think it is okay to ignore the posted signs.
School delays and snow days. Drivers might think that because schools are closed or delayed, then the school zone signs will adjust for the new times. This is not always possible. According to a Spotsylvania County deputy, most school zone signs in Virginia are on a set timer for standard school days. If there is a school closure, signs won’t automatically adjust to the change in time. Drivers are still responsible to follow the posted signs regardless of any school closures to maintain school zone safety.
Holidays. Just like with school delays and closures, school signs that may be flashing on a known holiday must be followed. Usually, school districts arrange the automatic timer to exclude flashing during holidays, but sometimes this is not done. Drivers must still follow posted signs.
Special events. When schools have special events such as Back to School events, sporting expositions, and even early releases, posted signs may not be adjusted to the new times. As with previous statements, drivers are still required to follow posted signs,