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Some Just Don’t Pay Attention

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 @ 10:31 AM


North District RCMP  Regional Traffic  Services Unit Cst. Gary Peebles,  clocks  vehicles heading north on the Old Cariboo Highway-photo 250News

Prince George, B.C. – Although the message  about   school zones being active again  and that police would be  out  to ensure  the rules are obeyed has been carried  by media throughout the region,  some folks  seem to have been asleep at the wheel.

Pineview Elementary,  located on the  west side of the old Cariboo Highway,   is smack dab in the middle of  a straight away  where  posted speed limits  drop from 90 to 70, then  down to 30  when school is in session.   Despite all the  warnings that  school  zone speeds would be  high on the radar for police today  ( and for the next couple of weeks)  some  drivers  this morning thought  doing   about 40 km/h would be acceptable.

They thought wrong.

Between 8:15 and 8:30 this morning,   Constable Gary Peebles of the North District RCMP  Regional Traffic Services, clocked  a  couple of drivers  doing  40 or a little better in the zone.   While it was clear from the   audible sounds of the radar unit that the drivers were  attempting to slow from 70 to  30,  (sound of  detector  slips from  high pitch to low)  they  didn’t quite  hit the mark  once the school zone started.   In both cases, the drivers were  motioned to  pull over for a “chat”.  Warnings were given to both.

What was very encouraging was that  commercial vehicles were  acting responsibly.   Slowing long before the speed  zone change,   and no engine brake  sounds to indicate it was a last minute decision, but Cst. Peebles says that may  be a result of the chatter  between truckers advising others of the  police presence,  still,   if  the big rigs were slowing down, that’s good news.

One father who was dropping off his  son for his first day of classes   asked if it was possible for police to be present  everyday “People are  screaming along this  highway”.   The advice passed to him,  and to anyone who  observes  excessive speeders or erratic drivers,  is that they take down the plate number,  make note of the details of the incident ( location, time)   and contact police.   If the  person is  prepared to make a sworn statement and go to court,  the  offending driver will face action.


Used to see them along foothills all the time, not so much any more.

Has anyone actually heard of a case such as this going to court? Do the police actually have time to attend the court? “chats” are not good enough, a ticket would have been much better.

just what we need vigilante traffic enforcement. Mercenary…Dearth and a few others would have us all thrown in jail. Clear the streets of all us pagans.

A Victoria-area cyclist was apparently not pleased about getting a ticket for allegedly flying through a school zone on Wednesday morning, but police say the law applies to everyone on wheels.

The cyclist was caught in one of six speed traps set up by Saanich Police this morning.

Police initially put out a warning to drivers to watch out for pedestrians and cyclists, but less than 30 minutes later they extended the warning to cyclists to watch their speed too, after nabbing the free-wheeler.

Police did not say how much the cyclist was fined, but speeding in a school zone can cost as much as $483.

Oh wow. I’m a celebrity. Cool.

Not sure if jail time is warranted for a minor speed infraction but you can bet that if someone kills a kid in a school zone the general public would be in favour of some street justice…even if the driver wasn’t at fault.

I tend to see plenty of vehicles with “L” and “N” plates speeding through school zones too. Tells me that the parents “teaching” these kids how to drive just aren’t doing a very good job…

$500 hit to the wallet would get their attention. School zones and playgrounds are no place to speed.

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