August 29, 2013 - 4:34 PM
West Kelowna RCMP and Bylaw Enforcement officers will be conducting traffic safety and parking blitzes in school zones, starting September 3, as children get back to the books.
RCMP officers will be ticketing speeders and watching for distracted drivers to remind the public of the importance of road safety in and around all schools. Bylaw Enforcement officers will be watching for parking violations.
Special attention is being given to school zones, where children will be walking and cycling each weekday, as the start of school often brings traffic congestion and inappropriate parking in these areas.
The speed limit through school zones is typically 30 kilometres per hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on school days, unless otherwise posted. The limit remains in effect until a sign on the opposite end of the school zone indicates it ends. Drivers are also reminded that when a school bus turns on its flashing red lights, vehicles in all lanes, in both directions, must stop. Drivers should be aware that older students may use public transit, and motorists need to slow down around buses and watch for pedestrians that may be walking out into the street in front of or behind a stopped bus. Yield to buses that are ready to pull back into traffic.
ICBC’s Learn to Drive Smart driver’s guide can be found online at www.icbc.com and can help motorists brush up on rules of the road, including school zone signage, and sharing our streets with pedestrians, cyclists and buses.
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