By Ted Scouten

PEMBROKE PINES (CBSMiami) – If you notice speed limit signs changing speeds, you’re eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. This is what’s called a “variable speed zone” and drivers on US 27 between Pembroke Road and Griffin will see them.

The idea is to get traffic to slow down by the time it gets to a 15 mph school zone.

“It gradually lowers the speed as the vehicles approach the school zone and it allows us to raise the speed limit back up when there’s no school,” explained Daniel Smith from the Florida Department of Transportation.

This stretch of US 27 is right by West Broward High School. Parents who have kids in school in the area are keen to any plan that will slow down drivers.

“For the safety of the kids, I’m fine with it and that’s my priority, kid’s safety,” said parent Rosemary Gacita.

We all know how fast traffic can move on US 27.

“Everybody’s probably running 5 miles over the speed limit,” explained motorcyclist Nancy Bond.  She and George Brock noticed the variable speed zone right away.  They couldn’t miss the flashing lights.

“As long as the signs are easy to read, it’s not a problem,” said Brock.  “I think if it gives you enough time to adjust to that speed, I think it’s a good idea,” said Bond.

Not only will the speed limit change in the morning and afternoon when school begins and lets out, it will also change during big events, like football games and evening activities.

This is the only Variable Speed Zone like this in Florida that is geared specifically toward slowing down traffic near a school.  Another Variable Speed Zone is in place on the I-4 corridor in Central Florida.  That one is used for general traffic control.


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