2012-08-29 09:34 PDT
North Vancouver RCMP officers will be out in full force for the opening week of school to patrol the crosswalks and school zones in North Vancouver. With the anticipated thousands of children returning to class, their safety will be paramount. Police will be watching for speeders, and they won’t be handing out warnings. Tickets start at $196, and move up from there.
The RCMP is asking the public to be mindful that the school zones are now back in effect and to be watchful for school children along their route.
Inattentive driving is now the number two cause of injury and death, after impaired driving, says Sgt. Dave Jewers, Unit Commander of the North Vancouver RCMP Traffic Section.
As a driver, your full attention must be on the driving task at all times. This includes noting and obeying all speed limit signs, especially at school zones.
School zone speed limits are in effect from 8 am to 5 pm during school days and the posted speed is 30 km/hour. Playground zones are also in effect from dawn to dusk everyday and are also 30 km/hr.
September is also the kickoff of a provincial Distracted Driving campaign. The RCMP Traffic Unit, Youth Intervention Officers and Regular General Duty members will be out in full force during the start of school to enforce school zones and distracted driving.
Cpl. Richard De JongMedia Relations / Crime Reduction Unit