Arlington, TX asked in Traffic Tickets for Texas

Q: I received a school zone speeding ticket for a zone that states “When Flashing” however there’s no flash lights.

I received a school zone speeding ticket for a school zone that states “When Flashing” however there’s no light. Is this enforceable sign the indicated when flashing however if there’s no flashing light, how should drivers know it’s in effect? There’s no time indicating the school and no “when children present” either.

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I was turning from one street to another and the first school zone sign I came upon says 20 MPH when flashing however there’s no flashing light on the sign. There’s one before the intersection I turned off of and after where the police officer pulled me over (neither were visible from where I was at) I told that officer that and he indicated it was my responsibility as a driver to know it was a school. I had no clue since it was a church that apparently also has a school and this is the first week of school.

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Grant St Julian III
Grant St Julian III
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: "I didn't know it was a school zone" is not a legal defense. Whether the zone was properly marked where a person would be given notice that a school zone was in effect, however, is a different issue, as well as whether the school zone was in effect on the date and time in question. Talking with an attorney would help. Good luck.

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