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The next school year is right around the corner. Many New Jersey parents are preparing their children by stocking up on supplies and getting new clothes for them. Whether you have students or not, once the academic year begins, you must follow the rules of the road in school zones. At Weisberg & Klauber, LLC we often represent clients injured in an automobile crash.

According to Patch Media, drivers who do not obey the law around school buses and in school zones can cause serious injuries and face stiff penalties. Some of the most tenuous safety situations occur at the bus stop. The law states that drivers must stop at least 25 feet from the school bus. Your vehicle must remain stationary until the extended stop-sign arm retracks and the lights stop flashing. The driver does this once all children have entered the bus or exited and crossed the street safely.

The speed limit in a school zone is typically 25 mph. If an officer pulls you over for speeding in that area, you can receive significant fines, face up to 15 days in jail or lose your license. Drivers who exceed the posted school zone speed limit by 20 or more miles per hour, can face doubled fines.

Most children injured or killed between the ages 5 and 7 are getting on and off the bus. Heeding the rules can help prevent major fines and life-altering events. If you or your child sustain injuries in a school zone, there might be grounds for a claim. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.