School Zone Enforcement Campaign Nets Nearly 300 Speeders
Prince George, B.C.- Police warned they would be out patrolling school zones to ensure drivers got back into the habit of slowing down through school zones. Plenty of folks didn’t listen.
During this campaign, 278 provincial violation tickets were issued for speeding offences. Of that, eight drivers were issued excessive speeding tickets, including one driver that was 65 km/hour above the posted limit of 30 km/hour. Those eight drivers had their vehicles impounded for seven days.
But that’s not all, there were other infractions including:
- 17 seatbelt tickets
- 1 improperly restrained child
- 2 cell phone tickets
- 2 intersection-related violations
- 1 24-hr suspension for drugs
- 42 other tickets under the Motor Vehicle Act and its Regulations
In total, 379 tickets were issued during this project.
The RCMP will continue to patrol school and playground zones throughout the year. On a day when school is in-session, School Zone speed limits are 30 km per hour, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, unless otherwise posted. Playground Zone speed limits are 30 km per hour, from dawn until dusk, every day without exception.
“Despite our public warnings to slow down in school zones, nearly 300 tickets were issued for speeding in just nine school days” says Sgt. Matt LaBelle, in charge of the Prince George RCMP’s Municipal Traffic Services Section “This is not safe for children. We will continue to enforce speed limits in areas where children are vulnerable.”
In addition to the School Zone enforcement, RCMP volunteers with the Citizens on Patrol Program conducted Speed Watch throughout several school zones over the first nine days of school. Citizens on Patrol volunteers observed approximately 541 vehicles and found over 232 motorists driving over the posted 30 km/hour school zone limit. Although this year the total number of observed vehicles is half of last year’s total; the number of total speeding vehicles has doubled, up from 114 in 2016 to 232 at present.
Those drivers who went through a Speed Watch station but did not get stopped by police officers, will likely receive a warning letter in the mail. The letter, from the Detachment’s Community Policing Section, will explain the offence(s) observed and what the penalty could have been.