As children return to school, it is worth the time to review basic school zone safety tips to avoid accidents that can harm our children. School traffic can frustrate even the calmest driver. Parents trying to get their kids to and from school, slow school buses, and crossing guards slow everyone down during school hours. However, we must all worth together to keep our children safe as they travel to and from school. School Zone Speed Limits You must slow down when approaching a school zone. California’s Vehicle Code limits speed within 500 feet of a school to a maximum of 25 miles per hour, unless otherwise posted. Some school zones may have a lower speed limit; therefore, be cautious when approaching in school. In adverse weather conditions, drivers should drive even slower in a school zone to allow for addition time to stop if necessary to avoid a vehicle crash or pedestrian accident. Violating the speed limit in a school zone is a traffic offense. You can be charged a fine of up to $350 depending on your speed. However, the cost of a speeding ticket in a school zone is much higher when you add the fees and costs imposed by the courts.