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RCMP hit the streets promoting road safety for back to school

(PHOTO: Tom Ross, 660 NEWS)

Expect Wood Buffalo RCMP to be in full force for the first day back to school.

Police said they will strictly enforce 30 km/h speed limits in school zones every school day from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

However, they asked motorists to err on the side of caution, assume kids are in the area and drive the speed limit at all times.

Road Safety

Beginning September 3, 2019, vehicle and pedestrian traffic around schools will increase.

Moreover, motorists will encounter more school buses and public transportation on the roads.

To remind drivers, Wood Buffalo RCMP provided a list of potential fines if caught disobeying road rules in school zones.

As always, any driver who fails to make a complete stop at stop signs or red lights could earn a fine of $502.

  • Failing to yield to a pedestrian: $776.
  • Passing a school bus with red lights activated: $465.
  • Passing any moving vehicle in a school or playground zone when the speed limit is in effect: $233
  • Fail to signal properly: $155.
  • Stopping, parking or impeding traffic on a roadway in school zones: $155.
  • Jaywalking or crossing the street at a point other than at a crosswalk or intersection: $120.
  • Parking is not permitted in fire lanes, transit zones, within five metres of a fire hydrant, or within 1.5 metres of a driveway: $120.
  • Parking within 10 metres of a crosswalk, or stop sign: $120.

 

Motorists can receive a fine of $287 and 3 demerit points if the police charge them with distracted driving.

Enforcement of school zones begins on September 3, 2019.