When drivers pass by Chester and Orchard Center Elementary, they’ll be guided to slow down with the help of new flashing school zone signs. They alert drivers when the 20 mph speed zone around the schools are in effect.
The beacons flash for 30-45 minutes during student arrival and departure times.
The signs were installed using grant money from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission to increase pedestrian safety and driver awareness in school zones.
A Public Works study conducted at Progress and University Elementary showed the flashing beacons have reduced the fastest speed of traffic by 31.9%