Authorities advise to obey traffic signs

By DAWN BOOTH, Connect Weekly

School zones speed limits are back in effect on Monday, August 31, 2015.

School zones speed limits are back in effect on Monday, August 31, 2015. PHOTO: Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly.

With school starting on Monday, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s RCMP Support & Bylaw Services, as well as, the authorities at Sparksman Transportation advise motorists to use caution and watch out for school children.

When travelling in school zones, drivers must pay attention to the posted signs. School zones have a speed limit of 30 km/h in both urban and rural areas. These limits are in effect on school days from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or unless otherwise posted.

“Please obey the 30 km/h posted speed limit with school zones and be extra careful around sidewalks and intersections, as many of Fort McMurray’s young learners walk, cycle, scooter and skateboard to school,” as stated in a recent release from the Municipality.

General Manager of Sparksman Transportation Tim O’Hara stressed the importance of reducing speed around school buses and obeying the flashing red lights.

“Our largest issue, every year, is the number of people who don’t stop for the school buses’ flashing lights,” O’Hara shared in correspondence. “Our operators are well-trained and all of our employees’ top priority is the safety of our passengers and those around them.”

If you have information on motorists speeding in school zones, please call the Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4000, or if you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477.

– Connect Weekly –