It’s not like drivers haven’t been given fair warning. Back to school starts Tuesday and drivers have been cautioned speeding through school zones will indeed set you back – both financially and with added demerits.
Tyler McMurchy is the manager of media relations with SGI. He says if you’re caught speeding through a school zone – you’ll get slapped with potentially hefty fines.
“Penalties for speeding in school zones, under the Traffic Safety Act, start at 140-dollars,” McMurchy said. “And they increase for every kilometre-per-hour over the posted speed limit. There are also three demerit points under SGI’s Safe Driver Recognition Program. So fines increase depending on how many kilometers-per-hour over the posted speed limit the driver is going. There is a 50-dollar-per-demerit charge”
McMurchy says it’s easier to slow down and save your money.
“If you’re going 10 kilometres-per-hour over the posted speed limit, you’re looking at a financial penalty of 210-dollars, McMurchy said. “There’s that base fine of 140-dollars, plus the 50-dollars Victims-of-Crime surcharge. And then there is the 2-dollars-per-kilometre, per-hour over the speed limit.”
And McMurchy says the most important thing you’ll be saving is a life.
“Really, the best idea is to not speed through school zones,”McMurchy said. “Notonly will you help keep everyone, including the kids who are heading to school and excited to get back. Not only will you be keeping them safe, but you will be saving yourself some money as well.”