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Memphis drivers caught speeding through school zones

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A new study says the majority of people go more than double the speed limit in school zones. A new study says the majority of people go more than double the speed limit in school zones.
You could wind up with a speeding ticket when speed cameras are installed in Memphis school zones, no matter where you're from. You could wind up with a speeding ticket when speed cameras are installed in Memphis school zones, no matter where you're from.
Cameras are legal in school zones, and the Memphis City Council approved funding for these in their new budget. Cameras are legal in school zones, and the Memphis City Council approved funding for these in their new budget.

(WMC-TV) – No matter where in the Mid-South you are from, you could wind up with a speeding ticket when speed cameras are installed in Memphis school zones.

According to the results of a new study the majority of people go more than double the speed limit in school zones.

It may be rather quiet outside A.B. Hill Elementary, but that doesn't mean people aren't driving through this school zone.

"I drive 15. I try to look out for the children," Mary Holmes said.

But not everyone follows that rule according to the findings of a recent traffic study done over 24 hours at A.B. Hill Elementary.

In just an hour before and after school at the school, 1.6% of drivers drove below the posted speed limit. An alarming 41.3% of drivers doubled the speed limit, and two drivers tripled it.

Those stats came from the 1,021 drivers who came through an hour before and after school. In all, almost 7,000 cars passed through in 24 hours. 23 drivers exceeded 45 miles per hour.

"I don't feel good about it because it's dangerous and a lot of children walk," said Holmes.

Several miles north in Frayser, "It be a little congested, the speed bumps slow them down but they be rolling through," Dawn Anderson observed.

Another study was done at Corning Elementary with fewer drivers over the same amount of time, and this time no one drove below the speed limit.

67% of drivers doubled their speed in the school zone, and 6% tripled their speed. Six percent tripled their speed. 23 Drivers exceeded 50 miles per hour.

Not so fast, Dawn Anderson said.

"I usually park and walk since I'm so close, but I hold my kids hands," she said. "You ain't gonna hit mine."

Studies show that most people who receive speeding tickets from a camera don't receive a second one, meaning it could cut down on speeding in school zones.

These cameras are legal in school zones, and the Memphis City Council approved funding for these in their new budget.

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