It is back to school Tuesday, which means school speed zones are back in place.
A speed limit of 30 km/h is in effect every school day from 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Enforcement Services Sgt Kelly Kokesh says that will be a focus for officers in this month’s Selected Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP).
“It takes an adjustment period for people to remember that school’s back in session, so we do our best to educate the public and get the news out there and also be somewhat lenient for sure, but as the week goes on obviously our leniency may not be as much, understandably.”
He says parking zones will be the focus of the Bylaw Enforcement Education Program (BEEP).
“We want to keep the lines of vision clear for both the pedestrian and the driver. So, people that park in those zones, the transit zones, blocking buses or really close to crosswalks are really interfering and really not driving safely in order to protect those pedestrians and kids at school.”
Last September 592 speeding tickets and 65 parking tickets were handed out in Grande Prairie school zones.
The penalty for failing to yield to a pedestrian carries a $776 fine and 4 demerit points.
Enforcement Services has some tip for drivers in school zones:
• Know and obey the 30 km/h speed limit in all school and playground zones.
• Slow down and be prepared to stop.
• Avoid distractions when approaching a school zone.
• Pay extra attention at intersections or mid-block crosswalks. Other vehicles may hide a pedestrian crossing the road.
• Watch for the school safety patrol in their bright orange vests and always follow their direction.
• Use caution when backing out of parking stalls or driveways.
• Watch for children between parked vehicles. They may dart onto the street without warning.
And common parking offences include:
• Parking within 5 metres of a crosswalk or intersection;
• Parking in an area signed as no parking or no stopping;
• Parking or encroaching on a sidewalk; and
• Parking on the wrong side of the street (on a two-way street), commonly referred to as left wheels to curb.
• The fine for most parking offences is $78