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RCMP: Slow down for back-to-school

Last Updated Sep 6, 2016 at 8:28 am MDT

A sign outside the Wood Buffalo RCMP Timberlea detachment. Sarah Anderson/REPORTER

Students across the region will be returning to school on September 6th, some even starting for the very first time.

With back-to-school comes more vehicle and pedestrian traffic throughout the neighbourhoods. Some people have made their return to the community specifically for the start of school following the evacuation because of the wildfire.

Students will be walking to and from school and riding bikes, skateboards, and scooters and you’re asked to keep an extra eye out at cross-walks and intersections for these students.

Wood Buffalo RCMP are also reminding residents to pay attention to the speed limits and crosswalks in school and playground zones. The 30 km/h speed limit within school zones is during the period of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every school day, but police said people should assume children are always present and slow down.

As school returns that also means you can expect to see school busses on the road again.

If a bus has flashing red lights and their stop sign out you are obligated to stop.

Failing to stop for a school bus could earn you a $543.00 fine.