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Nevada School Zones

Nevada School Zone Speed Limits

Nevada School Zone speed limits are governed by NRS 484.366.  Verbatim, the laws set forth in NRS 484.366 dictate that:

A person shall not drive a motor vehicle at a speed in excess of 15 miles per hour in an area designated as a school zone except:

  • On a day on which school is not in session
  • During the period from a half hour after school is no longer in operation to a half hour before school is next in operation;
  • If the zone is designated by an operational speed limit beacon, during the hours when the pupils of the school are in class and the yellow lights of the speed limit beacon are not flashing in the manner which indicates that the speed limit is in effect; or
  • If the zone is not designated by an operational speed limit beacon, during the times when the sign designating the school zone indicates that the speed limit is not in effect

 

A person shall not drive a motor vehicle at a speed in excess of 25 miles per hour in an area designated as a school crossing zone except:

  • On a day on which school is not in session
  • During the period from a half hour after school is no longer in operation to a half hour before school is next in operation
  • If the zone is designated by an operational speed limit beacon, during the hours when the pupils of the school are in class and the yellow lights of the speed limit beacon are not flashing in the manner which indicates that the speed limit is in effect
  • If the zone is not designated by an operational speed limit beacon, during the times when the sign designating the school zone indicates that the speed limit is not in effect

The governing body of a local government or the Department of Transportation shall designate school zones and school crossing zones. An area must not be designated as a school zone if imposing a speed limit of 15 miles per hour would be unsafe because of higher speed limits in adjoining areas.

With respect to each school zone and school crossing zone in a school district, the superintendent of the school district or his designee, in conjunction with the Department of Transportation and the governing body of the local government that designated the school zone or school crossing zone and after consulting with the principal of the school and the agency that is responsible for enforcing the speed limit in the zone, shall determine the times when the speed limit is in effect.

 

Fines for Speeding in a Nevada School Zone

The demerits assigned to your Nevada Driving Record for speeding in a Nevada School Zone are almost doubled when compared to speeding demerits added for speeding on other portions of a Nevada road:

  • Speeding (1-15 mph over limit in school zone): 4 points
  • Speeding (16 mph or more over limit in school zone): 6 points

 

If you accumulate 12 demerits in 12 months, your Nevada Driver’s License will be suspended.  Also, the accumulation of demerits on your Nevada Driver’s License will result in increased insurance rates.


In addition, you can expect to pay $20.00 more for your speeding fine if you were cited for speeding in a Nevada school zone:

  • 10 to 15 mph over the speed limit = $67.00 fine
  • 16 to 20 mph over the speed limit = $85.00 fine
  • 21 to 25 mph over the speed limit = $103.00 fine
  • 26 to 30 mph over the speed limit= $121.00 fine

 

Importance of Child Safety

It is important to remember why these penalties are so harsh; children are freely walking, running, and playing in a school zone, and it is your job as a driver to ensure that they can safely do so.  If you are traveling through a school zone at speeds that make it impossible for you to stop quickly, if warranted, a child’s life is in danger.


Proceed slowly through any designated school zone, regardless of whether or not signs indicate an active school zone.  You will typically find playgrounds and other recreation areas near schools, and children may be playing there after school hours.  Take your time, be alert, and watch for children everywhere.   

 

Nevada School Zone Identifiers

Nevada school zones are clearly marked so they are easily identified and the speed limit is clearly posted.  You can expect to see either:

  • Flashing lights
  • A sign indicating that children use the intersection regularly
  • A sign indicating the speed limit for active school zones
  • Painted words on the asphalt and/or lines indicating where the school zone begins and ends
  • A combination of 2, 3 or all 4 of the above

 

According to the Nevada Traffic Law NRS 484.366:

Each such governing body and the Department shall provide signs to mark the beginning and end of each school zone and school crossing zone which it respectively designates.

Each sign marking the beginning of such a zone must include:

  • A designation of the hours when the speed limit is in effect
  • Or that the speed limit is in effect when children are present

As used in this section, “speed limit beacon” means a device which is used in conjunction with a sign and equipped with two or more yellow lights that flash alternately to indicate when the speed limit in a school zone or school crossing zone is in effect

Each permanent sign which designates a school zone or school crossing zone and the speed limit in that zone must be uniform in size and color and must clearly designate the hours during which the speed limit applies

Each portable sign designating a school zone or school crossing zone and the speed limit in the zone must be uniform in size and color

A portable sign may be placed on or beside a roadway only during those hours when pupils are arriving at and leaving regularly scheduled school sessions

 

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