Understand ‘when children are present’

children walking to schoolYou’re driving down the street on a weekday mid-morning and approach an elementary school. Up ahead, a speed-limit sign with the word “school” at the top says to drive 20 mph “when children are present.”

You look around and see kids on the school playground but none near the curb. So, do you slow down? Does “present” mean the kids must be near the road? Or does “present” mean when school is in session?

Read this brief Bellingham Herald article to learn the answer!

by  Jon Osterberg

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