More than two thirds of B.C. residents believe that road safety in school zones is worse when the kids are back in class.
Seventy-eight per cent of British Columbians have seen someone speeding in a school zone.
And four out of five drivers in this province think that drivers know the rules but break them anyway.
Those statistics come from a BCAA school zone road safety survey, and few of the numbers are surprising.
But another good question might be: how many of those respondents admit to speeding in school zones themselves? The speed limit in school zones is 30 kilometres an hour. As all drivers know, this is very, very slow. This posted speed limit in school zones is not in place to annoy or inconvenience drivers. The speed limit is that slow so that drivers have the best possible chance of being able to stop very quickly in the unfortunate circumstance that a child (or a parent for that matter) darts off the sidewalk or out from behind a parked car.
School starts on Tuesday and not only will the streets of Chilliwack be full of parents driving kids to school, the roads will be crawling with kids walking, running, cycling, skateboarding, scootering and otherwise moving around.
School zones are small and the reduction in speed will do virtually nothing to hinder drivers getting on with their days. Despite this, the statistics suggest that many of you are speeding through school zones.
Please, just slow down during the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. when driving by a school, for the sake of the kids.
And if you can't get it through your head to do it for the kids, slow down for your own sake. You can bet the cops will be watching and will be all too happy to hand out tickets.
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