Release Date:  8/14/2013

Incident Type:  School Zone Awareness And School Zone Speed Enforcement in Clovis

Contact Person: Captain Patrick Whitney, 575-763-9436

The Clovis Police Department would like to remind everyone that local schools are back in session as of Monday, August 19, 2013. In the morning hours prior to school and in the afternoon following school letting out, Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting speed enforcement and traffic safety patrols in the City of Clovis in the designated school zones. Officers will be specifically targeting speeders in these school zones. The school zones are clearly marked and are a maximum speed of 15 Miles Per Hour. Please pay attention to your speed and watch out for the children and crossing guards as well as school buses loading and offloading children at schools and in the neighborhoods.

Of particular concern this year will be North Thornton Street at the Llano Estacado Boulevard intersection where some pedestrian students may be walking across the highway towards W.D. Gattis Middle School on North Thornton Street, Wilhite Road and the North Thornton Intersection adjacent the new W.D. Gattis Middle School. There is also a concern about Wilhite Road from Thornton Street east to Norris Street due to construction and limited roadway access to Mesa Elementary School on North Norris Street. The constricted roadways and construction may cause a large amount of traffic in these areas when dropping off students in the morning and picking up students in the afternoon. We will have Officers patrolling these areas to promote the safety of students, faculty and parents going to the schools by enforcing adjacent roadway speed limits and other traffic codes. The posted speed limit on Wilhite Road is 35 Miles Per Hour west of Prince Street going towards W.D. Gattis Middle School on North Thornton Street and the speed limit is 45 Miles Per Hour headed east towards Mesa Elementary School on North Norris Street prior to the school zone.

The Clovis Police Department would like to remind you that Officers will be out in force to make sure that the children and crossing guards are safe in the designated school zones all school year. Please pay attention and slow down in the designated school zones. There is a Zero Tolerance Policy for speeding in school zones. The speed limit in the school zones is 15 Miles Per Hour. The fine for speeding in a school zone is $161. It is also illegal to pass a stopped or stopping school bus that has its stop sign deployed and flashing warning lights activated. The fine for passing a school bus when loading or unloading children is also $161.