September 03, 2014 - 3:55 PM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Not all schools are affected by the B.C. teachers strike and that means motorists will have to take special care to abide school zone speed limits where school is in session.
Private schools are open and the students attending them are arriving by public and private transportation, bikes, rollerblades, skateboards and on foot. Though Kelowna RCMP acknowledge it may be tricky knowing which schools are open, they're leaving the responsibility to the public to figure out where school and speed limits apply and they'll be ready to hand out tickets to those who don't get it right.
To be safe, they recommend slowing down and watching for children. Some will be on their way to class, but others out of school as a result of the stike could be near playgrounds.
Tips for drivers:
Where school is in session, a 30-km/h school zone speed limit is in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every school day, unless otherwise posted.
Plan ahead and be alert. Driving routes with less traffic in the summer may now face congestion, so give yourself extra time to get to your destination. Take your time and don't rush - especially through intersections. Look for children especially near or around crosswalks and intersections close to schools.
When dropping off children in a school zone stop and allow them to exit onto the sidewalk side of the car. Never allow a child to cross mid-block.
If a vehicle is stopped in front of you or in the lane next to you, they may be yielding for a pedestrian, so be prepared to stop.
Always watch for pedestrians when you’re backing up. Before you get into your vehicle, make it a habit to walk around your vehicle to ensure no small kids are behind it. And remember, children will notice your driving behaviour as well as your pedestrian behaviour, so please set a good example for them.
Tickets and fines under the BC Motor Vehicle Act:
Speed in school / playground zone $196-$253
Fail to stop for school bus $167
Fail to yield to pedestrian $167
Pass vehicle yielding to pedestrian $167
Disobey school guard / patrol $167
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