Rep. Vinnie Sablan says DPS should enforce school-zone speed limit

REPRESENTATIVE Vinnie Sablan is asking the Department of Public Safety to enforce the school-zone speed limit as mandated by Public Law 19-40.

Vinnie Flores Sablan

The lawmaker, the author of the law, said he recently observed motorists speeding in a school zone.

Public Law 19-40 states that “Where a safety zone has been established, or where traffic is controlled by a police officer or mechanical traffic signal, in cross-walks, designated school bus stops, school drop-off and pick-up zones when pedestrians are present, a vehicle may proceed at a speed not greater than is reasonable and proper and in no event at a speed greater than 10 miles per hour, and shall exercise due caution for the safety of all pedestrians.”

Sablan said there are still some motorists who don’t observe the law when traveling in a school zone.

He asked DPS to enforce the law to prevent accidents in such school zones.

But DPS Commissioner Robert Guerrero said they have been enforcing the law since it was enacted.

He said the problem is the lack of police officers to man the roads near school zones.

But Guerrero said they are adding manpower so they can enforce the law effectively.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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