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Back to school: It’s September, so slow down!
The rules change for motorists on Tuesday, Sept. 3 — cruise through a school zone at 50 km/h and you could face a hefty fine.
From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day school is in session, zones designated by yellow traffic signs require drivers to drop down to no more than 30 km/h, said Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Cheryl Bush.
If you are stopped by an officer — and they will be out in force for the first several days of school — the fine is $196 for those going over the speed limit, but no faster than 50 km/h.
Hit the pedal a bit harder and you are looking at a fine of $253.
Blow through the zone at 70 km/h or more “and that’s excessive speeding,” Bush said, which could mean having your car impounded for up to seven days.
Beyond keeping an eye on the speedometer, Bush said, motorists need to be particularly vigilant around elementary schools.
“The little kids are excited,” she said. “They have their new shoes and their new backpacks and sometimes they jump out of the car and dart out.”
The RCMP traffic unit has a plan in place for the first days of school, Bush said, and the detachment’s school-liaison officers will be out spreading the message to youngsters to be careful when heading to and from school.
Word will also be spread through the media and, every morning after the RCMP shift briefing, officers will be reminded on their way back from a coffee break to sit in a school zone for 10 minutes.