Local man pushing back against city officials for school zone speeding ticket

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TOPEKA (KSNT) – A local man is pushing back against city officials after receiving a speeding ticket in a school zone.

Topeka native Bruce Dolan was driving south on Southwest 32nd Street & Southwest Burlingame Road in September. He got a ticket for speeding through this school zone, but he says the nearest school was shut down earlier this year.

According to Topeka 501’s Director of Instructional Services Aarion Gray, Avondale Acadamy closed at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year and relocated to the grounds on Kanza Education Science Park and the building is not currently being used.

He said students are not using the building at this time.

The school zone signs are still up.

According to KDOT’s Chief of Traffic Engineering Brian Gower, if the state was made aware that a school no longer existed in a school zone area, it would be their recommendation for the school zone to be removed.

Gower said that school zones start at the school’s front door and continue through one or two surrounding blocks.

According to Gower, If the location of a school zone is on the state highway system (US or K routes), KDOT will be involved in recommending or approving a school zone; if not on the state highway system, as in this instance along Burlingame, KDOT is not involved. Burlingame is city jurisdiction and KDOT has no authority. 

Dolan wants to see a more streamlined system for school zones for both families and other members of the community.

“There’s a way to make it work and there’s a way to make it better and there’s a way to really protect the kids in our community and this isn’t doing it,” Dolan said.

A city spokeswoman said a city engineer would review the situation. As for Dolan, he’s got a court date set to try to get out of his ticket.

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December 31 2021 11:59 pm