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School Zone Speed Limit

House Bill 2840 (2005)


In 2003 the Oregon legislature made sweeping changes to Oregon school speed laws that allowed for posting "At All Times" school zones.   
  
In 2005 the Oregon legislature enacted changes to the school laws under House Bill 2840.  The Governor signed the bill into law on July 20, 2005.
 
The new law did away with the "At All Times" school zones -- it went into effect on July 1, 2006.
 
School zones have always included the ability to include a reduced school speed limit within the school zone.  The new law has two categories of reduced school speeds in school zones, those adjacent to school grounds and crosswalks not adjacent to school grounds.
 
For school zones on roadways adjacent to school grounds, school reduced speed limits can be either:
  • “When Flashing”; or
  • “School Days 7AM to 5PM”
For those school zones at school crosswalks away from school grounds, school reduced speed limits can be either:
  • “When Flashing”; or
  • “When Children are Present”

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School Area Safety

 
A Guide to School Area Safety  (Updated 8-06)
 
The new school zone laws and the Oregon/federal Safety Routes to School Program are now included in the School Zone Guide. Please note the changes to the crossing guard/school patrol vests and flag requirements as well.
 

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Oregon's Sign Policy

 
ODOT's Sign Policy and Guidelines​ includes information on School Area Signs in Chapter 7.  

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Other Resources

 
House Bill 2840 -  The New Revised Speed Zone Law      ppt
 

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School Zone Speed Diagram


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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