With thousands of students returning to class across British Columbia today, officials are reminding drivers that specific speed limits in school zones are once again back in effect.
And in Vancouver, police launched a new traffic enforcement campaign, specifically meant to target unsafe driving behaviours in and around school zones.
“Road safety is a shared responsibility,” said VPD Const. Jason Doucette. “We have officers conducting enforcement and education around schools, focusing on dangerous driving behaviours.”
Doucette told Daily Hive that as part of their enforcement efforts, officers will be using various enforcement techniques, including radar, highly visible officers, and “others who are ‘less’ obvious.”
Asked about the length of the enforcement campaign, Doucette responded that a specific time hasn’t been set. “We will continue to work with community partners to identify areas of concern,” he added.
“Children, their parents and caregivers as well as staff mill about school areas every day,” said Vancouver School Board Superintendent Suzanne Hoffman.
As such, Hoffman encouraged drivers to “help keep everyone safe and heed posted traffic signs.”
School zone speed limits are 30 km/h between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday, unless otherwise posted.
Fines for drivers caught speeding in school zones range between $196 and $253, according to ICBC.