New Times Set in School Zone

By Jayna Smith

A Calais Police Officer affixes stickers to reflect the new times for reduced speed.  (Photo by Jayna Smith).

Motorists near Calais Elementary School on Garfield Street will want to be aware of a time change to the reduced speed school zone hours.  Previously in effect from 7:30 am to 8:30 am and then again from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, the new times for a maximum of 15 miles per hour are from 7:15 am to 8:15 am and again at 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm.  This time change was initiated by the Calais Police Department to better suit the times that children are going to and from the school.  

Calais Police Chief Dave Randall stresses that protecting the city’s children is paramount.  “We try very hard to make sure we are in the school zone areas to keep the children safe,” he stated, adding, “This is a priority to us.”  This does not go unnoticed with the heavy presence of the police department in the morning and afternoon, seemingly a great deterrent to speeders.  “We stop very few because we are in the area and people know that and watch their speeds in the school zone areas.”   

School Principal Sue Carter is pleased with this time change and hopes drivers will continue taking extra caution when traveling through the school zone as well as when on school property.  “When the kids are done school, they are often very excited, chatting with their friends and not paying attention to their surroundings,” she stated. 

Tickets speeders in school zones can see fines between $228 to over $500.