School zone speed limits focus of RCMP as school resumes

Members of the RCMP Central Okanagan Traffic Services and speed watch volunteers will be in full force next week as kids head back to school.

Mounties are asking drivers to slow down and watch for children who will begin their new school year Tuesday.

"Slowing down doesn't just apply to 8:30 in the morning and 3:30 in the afternoon—children who live near school might go home for lunch, or might be late getting to school or going home early," said Const. Kris Clark.

School buses will also be traveling throughout the community, transporting children to and from school.

"A school bus displaying its stop sign and flashing rd lights means you must stop until the lights and the signs are deactivated, regardless of which direction you are headed. School buses also tend to be an obvious indicator that children will be nearby," said Clark.

RCMP will be keeping a close eye on drivers travelling through school zones starting Tuesday; school zone speed limits are 30 km/h between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on school days. Fines can range from $196 to $253.

"We strongly encourage students and their parents to consider walking or cycling to school to reduce traffic congestion around the schools and increase student safety," said regional traffic safety officer Dave Gibson.

"We all want our children to arrive at school and home safely."



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