CHANDLER, AZ (CBS 5) - Do you know all of the rules while driving in a school zone? Many people are unaware of some basic laws.

[WATCH: Chandler drivers caught passing in a school zone]

After multiple emails, Stanley Roberts with the help of the Chandler Police Department looked at a little known law that sits in plain sight.

It is called the no passing in school zones law where a driver cannot pass or overtake another vehicle in a marked school zone. Ofc. Eddie Cuthbertson educated drivers on the rules of the road.

The reason why this law was even created was to prevent drivers from hitting children that may inadvertently run into traffic and the car behind it may not see the children run across the street.  

Look specifically at section F.

A vehicle shall not proceed at a speed of more than fifteen miles per hour between the portable signs placed on the highway indicating that there shall be no passing, that school is in session and that the driver shall stop when children are in the crosswalk.

Caught Misbehaving with Stanley Roberts exposes individuals who brazenly defy the law or common courtesy, risking social and/or legal consequences. His reports air regularly on CBS 5 News at 10 p.m.
 
 


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(16) comments

GBfan4life

I can understand if you are speeding or whatever, but if someone is going extremly slow, and you go the 15 MPH to slowly go by them, what is the big deal? seems like a stupid law, there are plenty of other ways to keep the children safe.... They just need their $$$$$

AZ Native

GBfan4life No it's not a stupid law. If someone is doing 5 mph you slow down and do not pass them. Is it really that big of a deal for the short distance that is encompassed? I sure hope that the GB in your name does not stand for Green Bay.

ArizonaG30

THE SIGN STATES "NO PASSING" What is it you don't understand

Jim B

Its called common sense driving....

Daddy

Arizonans don't have common sense, that's why the place is so screwed up. It's common sense not to text and drive but Arizonans will do it until a law is passed telling them not to do it.

Daddy

How is this supposedly a "little known law"? Pretty sure it's very well known and very often ignored by idiots who couldn't care less about it. I see it every day at a school in my neighborhood. I see a lot of parents dropping off or picking their kids ignoring the law as well. Seems worse if your own child goes to that school and you couldn't care less about school zone laws...and basic school parking lot etiquette and courtesies.

Shredder

This "little known law" is my pet peeve. Driver's pass other cars in school zones ALL the time. I tend to believe that most people just don't know the basic driving laws in AZ, or anywhere for that matter. I don't want to believe that they are just ignoring what they already know.

MyOwnMind

It's little known to the illegals that don't speak English. It's plainly written on the signs. What this moron of a reporter should have written is few respect the law in school zones.

Thrill22

Sure looked and sounded like the 2 legal women who were pulled over speak English.

AZ Native

How can this be a little known law? It states right on the signs NO PASSING! So you have to slow down to 15 mph for a few feet, it's not going to hurt you. And yes, if the person next to you is only going 5 mph you still DO NOT PASS - what part of that do you not understand? Nothing is so important that you cannot slow down in a school down or a stopped school bus with their sign out.

Dean

So if a vehicle is rip roaring a whopping 2 mph you cannot even approach it? How about a 4 or 6 lane road? You still cannot go past a creep along? The limitation on a 2 lane road I can see. BTW my wife was a crossing guard for several years and the same snowbird roared past her every day doing 45 to 50 (the non school time speed limit was 35) in the 15 mph zone and totally ignored the stop sign. The Mesa cops would do nothing about her since she was an old snowbird.

Shredder

No passing in a School Zone. That's the law, regardless of creepers, or width of the roadway.

Stephanie Dyer

Yup Dean, if that vehicle in front of you is going 2 mph you cannot pass them, period. Nothing in your life is so important that spending 2 minutes going slow in the school zone is going to kill you

nuusmaan

I never heard that this is a little known law, and I don't see people failing to slow for these zones, except rarely when there are no pedestrians nearby. The 15MPH zone ends at the end of the crosswalk not at the back of the second sign after it. While in this zone, it's against the law for the front bumper of your vehicle to pass either front bumper or the rear bumper of any vehicle traveling in the same direction. When the signs are up in the roadway, you must stop before the crosswalk when there is a person in ANY part of the crosswalk. That's about it, not a big secret.

Stephanie Dyer

Nope, the law clearly says it applies between the two portable signs so the 15mph zone DOES end once you pass the second sign.

Section F: A vehicle shall not proceed at a speed of more than fifteen miles per hour between the portable signs placed on the highway indicating that there shall be no passing, that school is in session and that the driver shall stop when children are in the crosswalk.

Stephanie Dyer

the law clearly says it applies between the two portable signs so the 15mph zone DOES NOT end once you pass the second sign

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