It may seem like it’s too soon, but kids are going back to school Tuesday and Regina Police are reminding motorists about traffic safety – especially in school zones.
In Regina, areas around schools and playgrounds have reduced speed limits which are in effect throughout the year.
It’s 40 km/h from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, 365 days of the year.
Sergeant Colin Glas is with the Traffic Unit with the Regina Police Service. He says it’s up to the motorists to be extra vigilant – especially on the first day of school.
“Kids will be back in school,” Glas said. “Motorists need to be aware that morning time and afternoon time is going to be a busy time for kids to be in the area around schools. On sidewalks, entering buses and so forth. So, drive through those areas with caution and reduce your speeds to at or below the 40 km/hr speed limit.”
Glas says slowing down in school zones simply saves lives.
“The Automatic Speed Enforcement which has come into the province means we do have some sites where the cameras will rotate to different school zones, “Glas said. “It is one of our primary focusses and it’s where we see the importance of it. I hope that the public does see the importance of reducing speed in school zones.”
Glas says drivers need to slow down to the posted 40 km/hr speed in school zones, or there will be consequences.
“People don’t realize that you can be charged criminally for driving through a school zone at a very high rate of speed,” Glas said. “It’s Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle. And ultimately, if you are speeding in a school zone, your perception and reaction time for perceiving a threat is greatly increased and your stopping distance is also increased.”
Glas says motorists who are dropping children off at school should comply with any no parking or no stopping zones.
He says it’s always a good idea to remind kids about traffic safety.