School officials warn teens the danger of school zones
SPRINGFIELD, Ill, (WICS) —
Six teens between the ages of 16 to 19 died every day in 2015 from motor vehicle injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Now that school is right around the corner, school officials are reminding teens the chance of crashing in a school zone is much higher. They said it’s due to the amount of traffic around schools, as well as how many little children there are.
According to school officials, one mistake they often see teens making is driving too fast, something they said can cost a life in a school zone.
Also, school officials said teens become distracted easily.
“Sometimes young teen drivers think they’re invincible and don’t pay attention as much as we want them to,” said Superintendent Tim Reedy, with the Williamsville Community Unit School District.
School officials said it is vital parents talk to their children about rules in school zones.
In Illinois the speed limit in school zones is 20 miles per hour when school is in session. However, if a child is seen outside the building when it’s not, Illinois law requires drivers to still follow the 20 miles per hour.