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West Kelowna cops plan back-to-school traffic safety blitzes

West Kelowna RCMP officers will be conducting traffic safety blitzes in school zones, starting Sept. 6, as children go back to school.

Officers will be ticketing speeders and watching for distracted drivers to remind the public of the importance of road safety in and around all schools.

The District of West Kelowna receives calls from residents concerned about speeding and dangerous driving in school zones every September. Council has asked West Kelowna RCMP to pay special attention in and around school zones, where children will be walking and cycling each weekday.

The speed limit through school zones is typically 30 km/h from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on school days, unless otherwise posted. The limit remains in effect until a sign on the opposite end of the school zone indicates that it ends.

The district is also reminding drivers that when a school bus turns on its flashing red lights, vehicles in all lanes—in both directions—must stop.

Drivers should be aware that older students may use public transit, and motorists need to slow down around all buses and watch for pedestrians that may be walking out into the street in front of or behind a stopped bus.

 

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