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Dear Cop - Schools & Playgrounds

The stretch of road northbound in front of Glenmore Elementary has a school sign posted but it also has a maximum 60kph sign posted. I travel this stretch of road everyday, and I go 30kph due to the school sign, but I see others traveling it at 60kph. What is the actual speed limit in that school zone? I always thought, that if you are entering a school zone, between 8am-5pm Monday-Friday, that the speed limit was 30kph during school hours.

Schools and Playgrounds
Section 147 (1) of the Motor Vehicle Act indicates that a person driving a vehicle on a regular school day and on a highway where signs are displayed stating a speed limit of 30 km/h, or on which the numerals "30" are prominently shown, must drive at a rate of speed not exceeding 30 km/h while approaching or passing the school building and school grounds to which the signs relate, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or subject to subsection (1.1), between any extended times that are stated on the signs.
(1.1) Extended times under subsection (1) may not begin later than 8 a.m. or end earlier than 5 p.m.
(2) A person driving a vehicle on a highway must drive the vehicle at a rate of speed not exceeding 30 km/h when approaching or passing, between dawn and dusk, a public playground for children where signs are displayed stating a speed limit of 30 km/h, or on which the numerals "30" are prominently shown.

If there is no sign indicating a reduced speed limit for the school zone or public playground then you are to continue driving at the posted speed limit for that roadway through the school zone.

If there is a posted 30 km/h speed sign for a school zone or public playground and a driver is stopped for speeding then the following fines apply:
1 to 20 km/h over the posted 30 km/h speed limit carries a fine of $196 and 3 points.
21 to 40 km/h over the posted 30 km/h speed limit carries a fine of $253 and 3 points.

Constable R.A.(Richard) ASELTON
Central Okanagan Traffic Services - Media Liaison


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