Speed Remains an Issue in School Zones
Prince George, B.C. – Some drivers are still not getting the message when it comes to school zones.
That according to the results of the Prince George RCMP Traffic Services Section’s focus on school zone enforcement the past two weeks.
Corporal Craig Douglass says from Tuesday, September 6th to Friday September 16th, members visited every school zone within the city and surrounding communities, including nearly 40 public and private schools.
There were a total of 359 violations and charges. They included the following:
- 183 speeding tickets in school zones
- 38 speeding tickets in playground zones
- 55 speeding tickets above posted limits (near school zones, but not in them)
- 6 excessive speeding tickets resulting in 6 vehicles impounded for 7 days. The highest speed was 54 km over the limit in a school zone
- 9 tickets for failing to wear seat belts
- 9 tickets for the use of prohibited devices
- 7 tickets for intersection related violations
- 2-24 hour suspensions for alcohol
- 1-24-hour suspension for drugs
- 1 criminal code impaired driving charge
- 48 other various violations
In addition to the enforcement campaign, the RCMP’s Community Policing Section were out in force too.
23 volunteers conducted Speed Watch throughout 10 different school zones over the first nine days of school this month. They observed 1,122 vehicles and found 114 driving over the posted 30 km per hour school zone limit.
Douglass says if you were one of those drivers and not ticketed by the RCMP, you may receive a warning letter in the mail.
He says Speed Watch volunteers have observed 7,517 vehicles during their work in 2016 and have found over 1,100 drivers travelling above posted speed limits.
Douglass says RCMP traffic enforcement in school and playground zones will continue throughout the school year.