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School Speed Zone Reduction Signs at All Senior High Schools

At its October 29, 2009 meeting, the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) approved a Resolution sponsored by Ms. Perla Tabares Hantman, in her capacity as School Board Member and Vice Chair of the MPO.  The Resolution urges the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to amend its procedures to require school speed zone signs and school crossings at all senior high schools in Miami-Dade County. 

“I am sponsoring this item as a matter of student pedestrian safety in our high schools,” said Ms. Hantman.  She further indicated, “My research shows counties may opt to enforce stricter standards.  Such is the case in Broward and Hillsborough Counties, where current policies mandate reduced speed zones for all schools, including high schools.  I believe that senior high students in Miami-Dade County, the fourth largest school district in the nation, should also benefit from stricter safety measures”.  

Current FDOT standards for establishing 15 mile per hour school speed zone signs and school crossings specify that only elementary and middle schools are eligible for these speed control measures.  In Miami-Dade County, school speed zone signs are not permitted at new high schools, unless deemed necessary under special circumstances, as justified by an engineering study.  This situation has created a disparity in our schools, where most of the high schools that were built prior to the mid-1990’s have the speed zone signs (62 percent of all high schools), and the 20 high schools built after the 90’s do not (38 percent of all high schools).

This safety initiative was highlighted by Ms. Hantman at the November 17, 2009 School Board meeting, where the MPO Resolution was unanimously endorsed.





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