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QPD reminding drivers to slow down in school speed zones

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

While you may find yourself trying hard to obey school speed zones, officials at the Quincy Police Department say there is one you might not be aware of.

The speed zone just near 24th and Jersey street, has been causing some issues.

And to really drive this home, police say there was a rear-end accident in that very school zone, just as kids were getting out of school Wednesday afternoon.

Nobody was hurt, but it's a prime example of why police say you need to pay attention to this sign.

"There's less parental traffic. At Madison if you drive by on a busy school day when the school lets out, there's parents backed up waiting, that's an indication there's a school zone there. This is kind of off the beaten path in a way, but the school zone does exist," said Quincy Police Officer, Neal Meyer.

And that's exactly why Officer Neal Meyer says this speed zone is a concern, especially when drivers assume children aren't present.

"There very well could be a child behind the tree right here sitting down and taking a break and these motorists do not know that." said Officer Meyer

Officer Meyer says northbound traffic is,more of a problem because there is no visible school in sight to remind drivers to slow down, and it's a situation that can be very dangerous when drivers are confused.

"We don't want motorists to drive around and try to determine 'Can I drive 20 today or can I drive 30 today?' how about all motorists just drive 20 and play it safe," said Officer Meyer.

And it's a problem crossing guard Jill Baker sees every day.

"They just whiz by they're goofing off sometimes with their friends and there might be a friend of there's behind them and they're kind of hot roddin' it, and showing off," says Baker.

To fight the problem, Officer Meyer says QPD will be conducting a speed survey this week.

And it's something Baker is thankful for.

"People should obey the law and there's consequences when you don't there's those risks," said Baker.

If you are caught speeding in this zone or any other school zone in town, it is a pretty pricey ticket, upwards of $300.

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