How long do flashing lights stay on after dismissal? School is out on Wed at 1:10. Ticket was issued at 1:28 on 130th st.
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As I live near that school and drive through the school zone on a regular basis, I do have some answers for you. The northbound flashing lights and camera are just north of 130th, southbound about 133rd. I regularly see people fail to slow enough after trying to "make the light" at 130th. Camera tickets are only in effect if the lights are one; a child's presence is not required. (There was actually a court appeal on this. Seattle had to change their signs to remove the "When Children Are Present" provision). So the photo school zone is in effect when the lights are on. I can't actually tell you when the school starts or is let out, nor exactly how long before and afterward the lights are on. Neither is really relevant. If the lights are on, it is an active school zone. I do know that kids come and go both early and late to the school, so the active zone time extends for a time outside start and dismissal time. I think that you are asking if is reasonable that the lights would still be on 18 minutes after the school has let out? Probably. The lights are the indicator: if on, slow down. Heck, they may be flashing today (Thanksgiving) because turning them off would entail reprogramming the timer. In many towns I visit, photos zones are active all day, 8:00 to 4:00, not just around start and end times as they are in Seattle.
Not what you want to hear, I'm sure. The good news is that the violation will not go to your driving record with DOL, so will have no effect on your insurance.
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