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School Zone Speed Limit
House Bill 2840 (2005)

In 2003 the Oregon legislature made sweeping changes to Oregon school speed laws.  The law defined three categories of school zones:
  • Lower speed roadways adjacent to the school grounds (30 mph or less); or
  • Higher speed roadways adjacent (35 mph or greater); or
  • School crosswalks away from school grounds. 
 
The different options for posting including: “At All Times”, “School Days XX AM to XX PM”, “When Flashing”, and “When Children are Present” depending on whether the roadway was adjacent or not adjacent and low or high speed.
 
In 2005 the Oregon legislature acted to simplify the school laws under House Bill 2840.  The Governor signed the bill into law on July 20, 2005.
 
The new law does away with the "At All Times" school zones -- it goes into effect on July 1, 2006. You may see the "At All Times" signs after July 2006, the new signs should be posted before the end of August.
 
The new law has only two categories of school zones those adjacent and crosswalks not adjacent. 
 
School zones on roadways adjacent to school grounds can be either:
  • “When Flashing”; or
  • “School Days 7AM to 5PM”
Those school zones at a school crosswalk away from school grounds can be either:
  • “When Flashing”; or
  • “When Children are Present”

 
School Zone Brochures
 
Slow Down in School Zones Saves Lives Brochure (English Version)
 
Lento Abajo En Escuela Zonas Ahorra Vidas (Español Versión) 

 
School Area Safety
 
A Guide to School Area Safety  (Updated 8-06)
 
The new school zone laws and the Oregon/federal Safety Routes to School Program are now included in the School Zone Guide. Please note the changes to the crossing guard/school patrol vests and flag requirements as well.
 

 
Oregon's Sign Policy
 
Revisions to the Sign Policy and Guidelines for the State Highway System that Includes School Speed Zone Signing is currently under revision and will be posted here as soon as it is available.
 

 
Other Resources
 
House Bill 2840 -  The New Revised Speed Zone Law      ppt
 

 
School Zone Speed Diagram