As children head back to school, the Vancouver Police are reminding motorists to slow down and pay attention. Traffic Enforcement Officers will be at Maple Grove Elementary, as well as many other schools and over the next few weeks. They will be enforcing speed limits and other dangerous driving behaviours.
“School zones around the city have been mostly vacant all summer, but will soon be busy with excited kids headed back to class,” says Chief Constable Adam Palmer. “We all want our children to get to and from school safely. That will happen if everyone, including parents, slows down and pays attention.”
“Every morning and afternoon 50,000 students travel to or from our schools. Some days it will be dark, some days rainy. Whatever the conditions, we ask that you drive appropriately and be alert for our students,” VSB chairperson Mike Lombardi said.
Police have little tolerance for behaviour that puts children at risk. Traffic enforcement officers and Speed Watch volunteers will be stepping up enforcement in school zones.
School zone speed limits are 30 km/h between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Fines for drivers caught speeding in school zones range from $196 to $483.
Mike Bernier, Minister of Education, said, “We’re all here for one reason today, and that is to partner with police to make sure our kids stay safe going to and from school. As a parent of five, I know how hectic the first day of school is for families. I hope everyone slows down and pays attention – not just for today, but every day this year. Kids in B.C.’s schools have a lot to be excited about this year. Let’s make sure they get there safely.”
“Every B.C. driver has a responsibility to keep our kids, our roads and our communities safe. Back-to-school is a really busy time. So be aware, and check your driving habits. Distracted driving and ignoring flashing school bus lights will cost you even more this year with increased penalties. There are no good excuses for behaving recklessly behind the wheel. Be safe on the roads. Our kids are counting on you,” addeed Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.