Let me paint the picture as I'm sure most of us have gone through this before. You're driving somewhere and happen to be passing a school on a holiday or even during the summer for some reason and the timer is set for those lights to flash indicating to drop your speed to 20 miles an hour. But, there's no school that day so there are no kids around so maybe they just forgot to turn off the sign for that day off. Do you risk maintaining speed through the school zone figuring it was just a mistake on the school's part to keep those school zone lights active on the day off?
Should you obey school zone laws when school isn't even in session?
The short answer is absolutely.
The shorter answer is yep.
Even though there are no kids anywhere near those blocks or in the school and never mind if it happens to be a day off or anything like that, if those lights are flashing, they are law and if an officer happens to catch you you'll risk getting a speeding ticket if you're not driving that magical 20 miles an hour.
Just about the last thing you could possibly want is to stand up in a courtroom full of other people who got speeding tickets trying to fight them with whatever claims you happen to have. I've personally fought speeding ticket in the past and hearing the stores from everyone else, from testing new engine so they had to go 120mph to make sure it worked to people who didn't know you had to slow down to 60mph from the freeway before you pass that sign, the judge has heard it all before. In fact, the judge, at the beginning of fighting a ticket, literally said something to the effect of if anyone was there to fight a ticket in a construction or school zone, they already didn't win. Keep that in mind.
It doesn't matter if it's Christmas on a Sunday, if those school zone lights are flashing, drive 20mph.
LOOK: The biggest scams today and how you can protect yourself from them
LOOK: The oldest cities in America
Though the United States doesn’t have as long of a history as some Old World countries, it still has plenty of historical charm. Stacker
brings you a list of the 50 oldest cities in America.
LOOK: The best minigolf in every state
Using 2022 data from Tripadvisor
compiled a list of the highest-rated minigolf courses in all 50 states including Washington D.C.
LOOK: Baby names that are illegal around the world
scoured hundreds of baby name databases and news releases to curate a list of baby names that are illegal somewhere in the world, along with explanations for why they’re banned.
LOOK: These Are the 50 biggest retailers in America
RANKED: Here are the most popular national parks
To determine the most popular national parks in the United States, Stacker
compiled data from the National Park Service
on the number of recreational visits each site had in 2020. Keep reading to discover the 50 most popular national parks in the United States, in reverse order from #50 to #1. And be sure to check with individuals parks before you visit to find out about ongoing, pandemic-related safety precautions at www.nps.gov/coronavirus
LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America
Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker
consulted data from WalletHub
, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here
. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.
Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.
Inside Amazon: A Detailed History of America's Biggest Online Retailer
compiled a list of key moments in Amazon's history and its current business from a variety of sources. Here's a look at the events that turned an online bookstore into a global conglomerate and a self-made entrepreneur into the world's second-richest man.
LOOK: Here are the best lake towns to live in
Many of the included towns jump out at the casual observer as popular summer-rental spots--the Ozarks' Branson, Missouri, or Arizona's Lake Havasu--it might surprise you to dive deeper into some quality-of-life offerings beyond the beach and vacation homes. You'll likely pick up some knowledge from a wide range of Americana: one of the last remaining 1950s-style drive-ins in the Midwest; a Florida town that started as a Civil War veteran retirement area; an island boasting some of the country's top public schools and wealth-earners right in the middle of a lake between Seattle and Bellevue; and even a California town containing much more than Johnny Cash's prison blues.
LOOK: Here is the richest town in each state
Just saying the names of these towns immediately conjures up images of grand mansions, luxury cars, and ritzy restaurants. Read on to see which town in your home state took the title of the richest location and which place had the highest median income in the country. Who knows—your hometown might even be on this list.
LOOK: Famous Historic Homes in Every State
LOOK: 50 photos of American life in 2020
READ ON: See the States Where People Live the Longest
Read on to learn the average life expectancy in each state.
LOOK: Here are the biggest HBCUs in America
More than 100 historically Black colleges and universities are designated by the U.S. Department of Education, meeting the definition
of a school "established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans."
compiled the 20 largest historically Black colleges and universities in the nation, based on 2021 data from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics
. Each HBCU on this list is a four-year institution, and the schools are ranked by the total student enrollment.
The 100 Best Places to Live on the East Coast
The 100 Best Places to Live on the West Coast
The 100 Best Places to Live in the Midwest
LOOK: 20 tips to help your houseplants survive the winter
CHECK IT OUT: The best county to live in for each state
LOOK: Here are the best small towns to live in across America
CHECK THEM OUT: States With the Best and Worst Commutes
Here Is How To Blur Your Home On Google Street View
SWEET: Here are the most popular Halloween candies
KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state
Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration
compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.
Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.
LOOK: The most popular biblical baby names