Parents worst school zone offenders
Sep 3, 2013 / 3:00 pm
Kids are back in school and that means school zones are back in affect - yet surprisingly those caught speeding by traffic safety officials on the first day of class are those who should know better.
Parents are the worst offenders, according to Regional Traffic Safety Officer Dave Gibson.
"At first I was quiet surprised, because they (parents) are quite concerned about their children's safety. So wouldn't they be concerned with everyone else."
Gibson says he believes the reason parents continue to speed in school zones is due to time constrains in the morning.
"If both parents have to make it to work and they are not on the school bus route they have to drop the children off and then get to work, so sometimes they are running late. They may not have planned ahead."
Cst. Kris Clark says most violations for school zones happen at the start September as drivers transition out of summer.
"Especially during that first week there is a bit of those growing pains and a few more violators then what we expect through out the school year."
If drivers are caught speeding in a school zone the fine can start at $196 and increase from there.
The RCMP were joined by Traffic By-Law enforcement officers for the first day back at school. They found parents or those dropping children off did not obey parking rules either.
"Especially at a school of choice or a French immersion school where there is a lot of traffic arriving at the school, parking in biking lanes, blocking driveways and blocking crossing accesses," explains Gibson.
However this year traffic safety officers are offering suggestions for parents to help ease parking concerns and provide a safe route for children to get to school.
"Do not drop your kids off directly in front of the school. Find a safe drop spot (such as a near by church parking lot) and walk a little bit on the sidewalks and use cross walks to get to school. It offers the children an opportunity to get a little exercise plus it relieves the congestion directly near the school site," says Gibson.
During Tuesday morning's traffic enforcement watch near Casorso Elementary, RCMP issued one ticket and two warnings to drivers who were caught speeding in the school zone, all were parents dropping off children.
RCMP and traffic safety officers will be on location at several schools over the coming month to clock speeds and remind drivers to slow down.
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