The Blue Zone: School Drop-off and Pick-up Zones
Created and authorized by city ordinance #19-179, the City of Newton has designated specific drop-off and pick-up zones at many schools. The designated areas allow for improved traffic flow and safer drop off and pick up of students. These drop off and pick up zones are clearly marked with blue curbing and are commonly referred to as "blue zones." Blue zone rules, which are in effect Monday - Friday on days in which school, include:
- No vehicle may park in a school drop off zone from 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start of school until the scheduled start of school.
- No vehicle may park in a school drop off zone from one hour prior to the scheduled end of school until 30 minutes after the scheduled end of school.
- Vehicles may stop in the school drop off zone during the above restricted times to engage in the dropping off or picking up of passengers, which shall not be permitted for a period of longer than one (1) minute.
- Parking is allowed in a school drop off zone outside of restricted times.
For these drop off and pick up zones to work as intended, the following must be observed:
Please do take note of the following fines that can occur in a Blue Zone:
- No vehicles may be parked or left unattended in a school drop off zone during the restricted times. This includes parents waiting for their child to come out of or go into the school.
- No illegally parked vehicles can be waiting near the school, for example in restricted parking areas, within corners, blocking driveways, bus stops, etc.
- Parents should not pick up students when double or tripled parked.
- Students must enter and exit on the sidewalk side of the vehicle.
- Other parking restrictions around the school area must be enforced.
- Parking a motor vehicle in such restricted areas as “Live Parking Only”; “No Parking”; “School Pick-up/Drop-off Zones” or limited time zones can lead to a $25.00 fine.
- Double parking is defined as stopping or parking on the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge of a curb or sidewalk. Double parking can result in a $15.00 fine.
- Crosswalks are those portions of a roadway clearly marked for pedestrian crossing. Stopping or parking in a crosswalk can result in a $25.00 fine. Driving into a pedestrian crossing when a pedestrian is present can result in a $200.00 fine.
- School Bus Stops are areas of the roadway set aside for the parking of buses only. Unauthorized motor vehicles stopped or parked in bus stops can result in a $15.00 fine.
- Parking within 20 feet of an intersection can result in a $15.00 fine. Parking within 5 feet of a driveway is illegal and can result in a $25.00 fine.