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Re: Types of School Zone signs
« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2022, 09:35:30 AM »

This type of sign is the norm in Fairfax County. That style is used elsewhere in Virginia as well—here's an example on a road with a 55-mph speed limit and here's one on a road with a 60-mph speed limit. (Usually an "End School Zone" sign is also present at the opposite end.)

I've always preferred this style to the ones that list hours (often in small type that's hard to see at a glance) or that say simply "school days." "School days" can be ambiguous even for local residents who don't have kids and thus don't know what days might be student holidays ("teacher workdays" as they're commonly called here) or days like spring break or the like.
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Re: Types of School Zone signs
« Reply #26 on: January 19, 2022, 09:59:46 AM »

What bugs me is when municipalities interchangeably use "school crossing" and "school zone" signs.

(I know the MUTCD has been updated to use one sign for both, with appropriate supplemental tabs, but that does nothing for older existing installations.)
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Re: Types of School Zone signs
« Reply #27 on: January 19, 2022, 04:08:54 PM »

What bugs me is when municipalities interchangeably use "school crossing" and "school zone" signs.

(I know the MUTCD has been updated to use one sign for both, with appropriate supplemental tabs, but that does nothing for older existing installations.)
and yet some roads have the speed limit slow down zone for some with no SCHOOL anywhere near there with NO one slowing down. For the crossing? Now if some took that to court will they win?
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Re: Types of School Zone signs
« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2022, 04:29:58 PM »

Pennsylvania's signs use orange or yellow backlit speed limits that light up when the speed limit is active along with flashing beacons.  The fonts look like my grandparents' old microwave from the 1970s.

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Re: Types of School Zone signs
« Reply #29 on: January 20, 2022, 10:39:43 AM »

Pennsylvania's signs use orange or yellow backlit speed limits that light up when the speed limit is active along with flashing beacons.  The fonts look like my grandparents' old microwave from the 1970s.



Illinois still uses those and parts of Missouri
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Re: Types of School Zone signs
« Reply #30 on: January 20, 2022, 10:45:36 AM »



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Re: Types of School Zone signs
« Reply #31 on: January 20, 2022, 11:32:17 AM »

Pennsylvania's signs use orange or yellow backlit speed limits that light up when the speed limit is active along with flashing beacons.  The fonts look like my grandparents' old microwave from the 1970s.



Michigan has some of these.  They're the worst -- wasted blank space while you have to put on a pair of readers to see the small numerals.
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Re: Types of School Zone signs
« Reply #32 on: January 23, 2022, 04:10:08 PM »

Pennsylvania's signs use orange or yellow backlit speed limits that light up when the speed limit is active along with flashing beacons.  The fonts look like my grandparents' old microwave from the 1970s.



Michigan has some of these.  They're the worst -- wasted blank space while you have to put on a pair of readers to see the small numerals.

Agreed.  Under what circumstances does the school speed limit change?  Is it 25 in good weather and 15 in bad weather?

For the most part, these signs put in place a far lower speed limit than appropriate for the given road when there is a school present.  Picking a speed limit that is appropriate for the hazard of a school should not merit a change in the speed.  For most of these, 25 should be slow enough to come to a sudden stop if needed.  15 is too slow.  And 25 could be printed in large letters that are always lit, as changing this speed limit is not justified.
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