With thousands of students returning to class across British Columbia this week, officials are reminding drivers that specific speed limits in school zones are once again back in effect.
Drivers who are caught not adhering to these posted limits can expect to pay up if they are caught and ticketed.
In fact, fines for drivers caught speeding in school zones range between $196 and $253, according to ICBC.
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School zone speed limits are 30 km/h between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday, unless otherwise posted.
In playground zones, a 30 km/hr speed limit is in effect from dawn to dusk, 365 days of the year.
In addition to speeding in school zones, BCAA notes in its reports that dangerous driving behaviours by parents and guardians is a consistent issue.
As such, it is reminding people of common guidelines when driving, dropping off, or picking up in school zones:
- Respect designated drop-off and pick-up areas and have your child exit and enter the vehicle on the side of the car closest to the sidewalk;
- Don’t double park even for a moment—it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles;
- Don’t attempt a U-turn or three-point turn— these are dangerous maneuvers that can confuse other drivers and pedestrians;
- Reduce congestion. Carpool, if possible or consider walking or cycling your child to school. If traffic is too heavy, find a legal spot to park a few blocks away from the school and walk your child the rest of the way.
BC teachers and staff returned to the classrooms on Tuesday, September 8. Kids will be back in school as of September 10.