A new study has shown speeding and the number of crashes doesn’t vary much between school zone and non-school zone streets.

However, the severity of crashes was marginally lowered where school zone designations were present, according to the research published by INRIX.

Analyzing the road network surrounding 27 Washington DC schools, the study also found:

  • Traffic and school zone signs didn’t appear to have a large effect on slowing down speeding, according to a sample evaluation of signs.
  • Speeding is more prevalent in school zones with higher percentages of students on free- or reduced-lunch programs.

The study used data analytics available through Safety View, the application by General Motors and INRIX which provides critical insights using crash, vehicle, vulnerable road user and US Census data, to help prioritize and measure the effectiveness of roadway safety projects and their impact on communities.

This week General Motors and INRIX announced that Safety View is now widely available to transportation planners nationwide.

“As we officially roll out Safety View to our customers, today’s study helps illustrate the critical insights the tool can provide to help improve roadway safety in our communities,” said Bryan Mistele, co-founder and CEO of INRIX.