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School zones back into effect soon

Post Date:08/29/2019 8:30 AM
Lac La Biche County Peace Officers would like to remind motorists that school is back in session next week, which means that school zones come into effect. Peace Officers will partner with other enforcement agencies, RCMP, Alberta Health Services and Northern Lights Public Schools to conduct educational campaigns starting this week and running into the next.

School zones are in effect between the hours of 8 am to 9:30 am, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and 3 to 4:30 pm each day school is in session. Motorists are reminded to slow down to the posted speed limit of 30 km/hr. World Health Organization statistics show that the survival rate for pedestrians who are struck by vehicles traveling at 40 km/hr or faster is 40%. Reducing your speed to 30 km/hr greatly increases the chance of survival for pedestrians, decreases your reaction time, reduces your stopping distance and increases your ability to anticipate a collision.

As students head back to class, school buses will also be traveling around our communities. When approaching a school bus with flashing amber lights, drivers must slow down and should be prepared to stop. When a school bus activates their flashing red lights, all lanes of traffic must come to a complete stop. These lights allow children to safely cross roadways. The fine for failing to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights is $543 and 6 demerits.

Please slow down and be attentive around schools and buses to ensure that everyone makes it to school and back safely.