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Interpretation Letter 7(09)-3(I) - Higher Fines Signs and Plaques in School Areas

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U.S. Department
of Transportation

Federal Highway

1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE.
Washington, D.C. 20590

August 17, 2010

In Reply Refer To: HOTO-1

Mr. Tom Hicks, P.E.
Office of Traffic and Safety
State Highway Administration
Maryland Department of Transportation
7491 Connelley Drive
Hanover, Maryland 21076

Dear Mr. Hicks:

Thank you for your July 8 letter requesting clarification regarding the required and allowable use of higher fines signs and plaques within school zones as provided for in Chapter 7B of the 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

The FHWA has reviewed your letter and the applicable provisions in Sections 7B.10 and 7B.15, and it is the FHWA's official interpretation that only one sign or plaque to inform motorists that traffic violations are subject to higher fines is required in each direction of travel through a school area as follows:

For recordkeeping purposes, we have assigned the following official interpretation number and title: "7(09)-3 (I) - Higher Fines Signs and Plaques in School Areas." Please refer to this number in any future correspondence regarding this topic.

If you have further questions, please contact Mr. Fred Ranck at 708-283-3545.

Thank you for your interest in improving the clarity of the provisions contained in the MUTCD.

Sincerely yours,

Original signed by:

Hari Kalla for

Mark R. Kehrli
Director, Office of Transportation Operations