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Kelowna school speed zones to kick in half an hour earlier this fall

FILE PHOTO - A school speed zone near Casorso school in Kelowna displays the old start time.
August 31, 2016 - 8:00 PM

KELOWNA - Motorists next week must be aware of the resumption of school speed zones at local schools, however there’s a new wrinkle for 2016.

The speed zones, which normally run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will begin a half an hour earlier at 7:30 a.m. beginning Tuesday, September 6, when public school classes begin.

Drivers are expected to drive no more than 30 kph in the school speed zones.

The change was requested by the Central Okanagan school district last year and approved earlier this summer by Kelowna council.

School board chair Moyra Baxter said the change reflects earlier starts to school activities which often sees children in the vicinity of schools well before 8 a.m.

Similar requests have been made of the municipalities of Lake Country, West Kelowna and Peachland, all of which are part of the Central Okanagan school district.

Penalties for speeding in school zones range from $196 to $483 plus three driver penalty points.

There are 40 schools in the Central Okanagan school district with enrolment expected this September of 22,000 students.

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