Gila Bend, AZ

Gila Bend, ArizonaJun 08, 20160 Comments

Pima Street and Martin, school crosswalk. The crosswalk has three short, 4 foot handtrucks rolled out into the street just before they let the kids out of school at 2:30PM. The collection of signs on the handtruck has a posted speed sign of 15MPH about 2.5feet above the ground. There is no advance warning of this speed reduction, only a pictograph of school kids with the word ‘AHEAD’ below it one block before. The officer sits in an empty lot and picks people off as they move through the intersection. The signs are impossible to see in traffic, or even without traffic, and there is no warning that your speed needs to be reduced before the intersection in question. I was clocked at 26MPH, had no idea I needed to be going 15MPH, and could not have possibly decelerated to 15MPH in time anyway since the first glimpse of them would be in the intersection. I didn’t see them at all because I was looking for children. It will cost me a lot of money and the Maricopa County judge said I should know that in Arizona all school crosswalks are 15MPH unless otherwise posted, therefore I should have started to decelerate to 15 when I saw the pictograph indicating the school crosswalk ahead. I am from California so I could not possibly know this. Even my family members in Arizona had no idea that this was the law.

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