RCMP warns of harsher enforcement and ticketing as school starts again

Aug 30 2018, 6:13 pm

With classes in full swing starting next week, the RCMP and ICBC are reminding drivers to pay close attention to school zone speed limits and children crossing.

According to ICBC, 380 children are injured in crashes while walking or cycling on a yearly basis. Of those 380 kids, 86 are injured in a school or playground zone and six are killed.

Drivers across the province are asked to give themselves extra travel time and be extremely aware of children and young adults, especially in and around a school zone.

The RCMP has commented that officers will “be back out in full force, patrolling the school zones and crosswalks. As a reminder, from 8 am to 5 pm, anyone driving through a school zone must keep within a 30 km/h speed limit.

Playground zone speed limits are in effect every day from dawn to dusk and are also 30 km/h, although they’ll likely be busier, more occupied, and be patrolled more heavily as September comes around.

“Police will be watching for speeders and they won’t be handing out warnings.” says the RCMP.

In addition to police officers, Speed Watch volunteers will be closely monitoring drivers’ speeds on school grounds.

Tickets start at $167 and only move higher from there.

Offence:  Fine amount:
Speeding in a school zone or playground zone $196
Failure to obey a school guard or school patrol $167
Failure to stop for a school bus $368
Failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks $167
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