Friday, February 3, 2023

Slow Down: School zone speed limits back in effect

Lethbridge Police are reminding people that school zone speed limits are back in effect.

Sergeant Rod Pastoor with the LPS Traffic Unit says people can expect to see both photo radar and conventional speed enforcement in local school zones.

He says everyone, drivers and students alike, should pay attention. “There are a lot of young kids in school now and families with kids in school and their days will be little more rushed. We have new people attending the college and university and not everyone might be thinking. Pay attention on the streets and put your phones down.”

School zone speed limits are 30 km/h on school days between 7:30 am and 4:30 pm.

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In addition to speeding violations police will also be targeting other infractions such as distracted driving, drivers failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians, parking violations and illegal U-turns. Motorists are reminded not to park on or obstruct a crosswalk and not to double park or park in alleys. Parents are reminded to set a good example for their children by crossing the street at corners or in marked crosswalks – not jaywalking – and obeying other traffic safety rules of the road.

LPS also say it’s important for drivers to watch out for buses, especially when children are boarding or disembarking.

In the City of Lethbridge there is a bylaw prohibiting school buses from using their stop lights and stop arms, but drivers are still urged to use caution when navigating around buses that are stopped.

(With files provided by the Lethbridge Police Service)

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