The Regina Police Service is reminding motorists to think “Back to School” when driving and be aware of school zones and the 40km/h speed limit in school and playground areas. In the coming days and weeks, police will be directing attention to traffic offences in school zones and playground areas, with particular emphasis on speeding violations.
School and playground speed limits of 40 km/h, are in effect from 8:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m., seven days a week. It should be noted that if a vehicle is moving at a rate of 60km/h, instead of the 40 km/h limit, it needs an extra 65 feet to come to a stop. This becomes a safety issue, especially in school zones full of young children who may be distracted by all of the excitement of getting back to school.
Parents of students are also reminded to talk with their children about issues like crossing the street safely and looking both ways to be sure traffic is stopped. Children benefit from the discussion, especially if they engage in planning good safety practices. If parents are dropping children off at school, they are asked to comply with the “no parking” and “no stopping” zones in front of schools.
The Regina Police Service commends those motorists who practice safe driving habits and encourages all drivers to respect the rules of the road. Remember, obeying all traffic laws and being a safe, courteous driver will help protect our children and make Regina a safer community for all.