They’re going baaack! City schools will be back in session starting Sept. 1 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 distracted driving, 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. Parents are reminded to set a good example for their children by crossing the street at corners or in marked crosswalks – not jaywalking – and obeying other traffic safety rules of the road.
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.
**Members of the Traffic Response Unit will be available for media interviews at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 1, 2015 at the Children of St. Martha Elementary School. Meet police at the south end of the school yard on McMaster Boulevard. This will be the only opportunity for back to school on-camera interviews**