The fine for selling or using drugs in a drug-free school zone is often double the fine for the same crime in a different location in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and across the country. In nearby Benton, AR, police have used the funds from drug arrests in school zones to purchase signs reminding drivers that there is no cellphone use inside school zones either – another protection put in place for local kids.
The Legality of Drug-Free School Zones
Recently the laws creating these zones have come into question. One study, in New Jersey, revealed the following:
- In the cases examined, students were involved in only two percent of the illegal sales.
- Some cities and towns are almost entirely covered by drug-free zones.
- Drug arrests, which had been expected to decline with the zones, had actually increased since their establishment.
In another study, in Massachusetts, 443 drug cases were examined. In 80 percent of the cases, the sales occurred in drug-free school zones; however, only one percent involved minors. Many states and communities are looking into reducing the distance covered by a drug-free zone; they are considering scaling back the zone from 1,000 feet, for example, to 100 feet.
Treatment for Addiction
Over and again, we find that treatment is the most effective measure when it comes to helping people who are struggling with addiction. Contact us at the phone number listed above to get the information you need to help your Hot Springs family member.
Quapaw House Inc
812 Mountain Pine Rd
Hot Springs, AR 71913-9158