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Hundreds of drivers seemingly unaware of new school speed zone in Kamloops

Westsyde Elementary School has had a new school zone speed limit set since September, but motorists seem to be unaware of the change.
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October 28, 2019 - 2:01 PM

The new speed zone at Westsyde Elementary School in Kamloops is the focus of an RCMP campaign aimed at educating drivers about the 30 km/h speed limit.

Kamloops RCMP media relations officer Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says in a media release drivers appear to be unaware of the new speed zone on Westsyde Road or they are not used to slowing down for it.

As a result, volunteers have been out twice with speed watch signs to let drivers know when they are speeding, with RCMP officers following up with a speed trap.

During the first speed watch campaign on Sept. 22 from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., 365 vehicles were checked, according to the media release. Of those, 125 vehicles were going one to 10 km/h over the speed limit, 45 vehicles were doing 11 to 20 km/h over the limit, 32 vehicles were observed doing 21 to 30 km/h over, 18 vehicles were travelling 31 to 40 km/h over and four vehicles were caught doing 41 km/h or more over the speed limit.

The next day, police issued 20 violation tickets during a two-hour period in the afternoon to individuals speeding in the school zone.

Another speed watch sign was set up on Oct. 17, with volunteers checking more than 330 vehicles between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Of those, 107 vehicles were observed going one to 10 km/h over the speed limit, 19 were seen going 11 to 20 km/h over, three vehicles were going 21 to 30 km/h over and 10 vehicles were seen going over the limit by 31 to 40 km/h.

That afternoon, Kamloops RCMP ticketed seven drivers in 30 minutes.

The speed watch volunteers will be back at Westsyde Elementary tomorrow, Oct. 29, as the RCMP education campaign continues.

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