For most city students Sept. 2 will mark the first day back to school and for motorists that means school zones are back in effect.
Motorists can expect to see both photo and conventional enforcement around schools in Lethbridge and Coaldale. School zones have a posted speed limit of 30 km/h and are in effect on school days from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
In addition to speeding violations police will also be targeting other infractions such as drivers failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians, parking violations and illegal U-turns. Motorists are reminded not to park on or obstruct a crosswalk and not to double park or park in alleys.
It’s also important for drivers to watch out for buses, especially when children are boarding or disembarking. In the City of Lethbridge there is a bylaw prohibiting school buses from using their stop lights and stop arms, but drivers are still urged to use caution when navigating around buses that are stopped.
In Coaldale and other rural areas, however, if a bus is stopped with its lights flashing and its stop arm extended vehicles approaching from either direction must stop until the lights and stop arm are deactivated. Under the Coaldale bylaw the penalty for failing to do so is a $365 fine.
**In partnership with AMA, a back to school media availability will take place Tuesday, Sept. 2 at Galbraith School, 1801 8 A Avenue North from 8:10 a.m. until 8:40 a.m. in the 9 Avenue North cross walk. Police, AMA and members of the AMA School Safety Patrol will be available for interviews at that time**
For media inquiries contact
Sgt. Dan Walton
Community Resource Unit
Lethbridge Regional Police Service