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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
May 24, 2001
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Sgt. Dan Schmidt, Police Department, 441-6587

Mayor Reminds Motorists to Obey Speed Limits
Enforcement effort under way in school and construction zones

Mayor Don Wesely said today that the first two days of the Lincoln Police Department's end of school enforcement project have resulted in 459 official citations and 230 warnings. The project began May 21, and the Police Department will continue placing additional officers at public and parochial schools in the city through June 1, the last day of classes for LPS students.

"Drivers should know that when they see the flashing yellow lights, the 25 mile per hour speed limit will be strictly enforced, and fines for speeding are doubled," said Mayor Wesely. "Slowing down for school speed zones can save lives and can save drivers from large fines."

Last week, Wesely asked motorists to slow down in construction zones following the death of a city worker who was struck by a vehicle while filling potholes. The Police Department is conducting a special enforcement effort in some construction areas. The Mayor reminded motorists that fines for speeding in construction zones are also double the normal fines.

"With warmer weather, more children are outside and at the same time, a great deal of street construction is under way," said Wesely. "It's up to every motorist to drive carefully and responsibly."

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