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Photo radar and school-zone speeding

Posted at 4:18 PM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-01 11:04:57-04

When you drive by a school, you usually see two different speed limits.

There's the usual limit.

And then there's a lower limit sign that says "school days" or something similar.

So do you think a summer day should be considered a "school day?"

Kyle Kelly probably never thought about it until his daughter Madison got a ticket.

It was a photo radar ticket driving near Kyrene Monte Vista school in Ahwatukee.

The usual speed limit is 40 miles per hour, 30 during school hours.

Madison got a ticket for driving 42 in a 30 mph school zone.

But it was July 23 and the district calendar says school doesn't begin until August 2.

Other drivers in the area complained on social media about getting similar tickets.

Kyle says he'd just pay the ticket under normal circumstances.

But he decided to fight this $200+ ticket saying it shouldn't be considered a school day if it's not in session.

So why was a photo radar camera catching people near a school during the summer?

Phoenix police say they were called to the area by the school district.

The district says there was a summer camp going on at the time.

Kyle nor Madison say they knew about any camp.

And they wonder how many drivers would have just thought, as they did, that summer days meant no kids.

In court, Kyle won and the ticket was dismissed.

But it's a warning to all drivers.

Apparently, "school day" written on the lower speed limit sign doesn't just mean Monday through Friday during the school year.