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Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2002 - 02:05 pm:   

Chief Renshaw -

This question came about because of Tracie Reveal's school zone encounter being discussed on the Frisco Forum under the heading "What would you do?".

Currently there is a question as to whether or not it is legal to pass someone in a school zone. The school zone in question is on Lebanon, just west of Hillcrest. If there are 2 drivers going through the school zone, one going the legal limit of 20 MPH and the other going 15 MPH, is it legal for the faster driver to pass the slower driver assuming they were already in 2 different lanes? Would the answer be any different if the roads were only 1 lane each way (forcing the passing driver to cross into the oncoming traffic lanes)?

I'm not asking this question in order to promote passing in school zones, but rather to see if many (if not most) people are acting in an illegal manner without knowing.

Thanks for your time.

Todd Renshaw, Chief of Police (Todd)
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2002 - 06:47 pm:   

The area you describe is not a "No Passing Zone." As long as one vehicle is not speeding, passing is legal.

No passing zones are marked by signage and/or a solid yellow stripe in your lane.

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