An attempt to beef up the penalties for motorists who speed in school zones died a not-so-quiet death, and it also caused a lot of finger-pointing between county and school officials over who is responsible for safety in school zones.

Salt Lake County Commissioner Randy Horiuchi said school districts are afraid of paying for crossing guards - a cost now handled by the county and cities.Patty Dahl, spokeswoman for Jordan School District, countered: "We can't use money earmarked for teachers, materials and text books to pay for traffic guards," she said.