What to do regarding a school zone and no flashing lights, etc.?

UPDATED: Oct 1, 2022

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What to do regarding a school zone and no flashing lights, etc.?

I got a speeding ticket at 4 pm going the speed limit in a school zone that ended at 4:05. There were no kids and 2 cars at the school and the sun was begining to set. I saw the cop but I didn’t slow down because I thought it was way too late and there were no flashing lights. I have no kids and when I got out of school it was always 3. Additionally, half a block down the road there is another school zone again no flashing lights but within a reasonable time zone 2:30-3:00. So very confusing. I explained this to the cop but he didn’t care. Is this borderline entrapment? Why wouldn’t they put up flashing lights for such a late school zone?

Asked on November 17, 2017 under General Practice, Texas


B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Just like any ticket where speed zones are confusing, you can fight the ticket with a trial in traffic court.  Some judges/juries/and prosecutors are far more understanding than cops who are trying to meet their monthly quota.  Your defense would be that the school zones were not clear and basically constituted a form of entrapment.

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