As students head back to school today, Chilliwack’s Safer City program partners are reminding motorists that school zones are back in effect.
The speed limit in school zones is 30 km/h on school days from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“For the safety of our children drivers are required to slow down in 30 km/h school zones,” said Chilliwack RCMP Cpl. Lee Dyson. “Even if it looks like there are no children on the sidewalks, they can appear from between parked vehicles or from places you may not expect them.
“All of us need to pay attention to the rules of the road and make sure the children get to and from school safely. Our Chilliwack Traffic Services Members will be out in school zones to help remind people to slow down, as well as to keep distractions to a minimum to prevent an avoidable tragedy”
Police and Speed Watch will pay extra attention to school zones this fall to monitor and enforce driver behaviour.
A motorist speeding in a 30 km/hr school zone could face a minimum fine of $196 to a maximum of $483, a penalty of three to six points on his or her record as well as having the vehicle impounded for seven days, depending on how excessive the speed is over the posted speed limit.
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