Keep These Tennessee School Zone Laws in Mind

by Staff Blogger | August 11th, 2017

Class is back in session in many school districts in Nashville, and that can mean increased traffic in the mornings and afternoons.

If you pass through school zones during your daily commute, it’s a good time to refresh your knowledge of school zone laws. Driving safely through these areas not only decreases your risk of being involved in an accident, but it also reduces your chances of getting an expensive citation.

Two school zone-related laws that all Tennessee drivers should know include:

  • Crossing guards dictate the right of way – Even if you have a green light or otherwise would have the right of way at an intersection, the crossing guard dictates when you’re allowed to move.
  • Speed limits are strictly enforced and can vary from school to school – Never assume that all school zones have the same speed limit. All schools and school districts set their own speed limits, and they can range from 5 mph on campuses to 30 mph on adjacent roads.

School zones are vital for helping students get to and from class safely, and local police departments and sheriff’s offices watch them carefully for drivers who violate traffic laws.

Drivers should always be aware of the presence of pedestrians, whether they’re passing through school zones, intersections, or residential areas.

If you or a loved one was hurt by an inattentive driver, the Nashville pedestrian accident lawyers at Ponce Law want to speak with you. We offer free consultations, and our legal team is here to investigate your accident and discuss your options.