West Kelowna RCMP and Bylaw Enforcement Officers will be conducting traffic safety and parking blitzes in school zones starting September 6 as children get back to the books.
RCMP will be ticketing speeders and watching for distracted drivers to reinforce the importance of road safety in and around all schools. Please, leave the phone alone when driving and obey posted school zone speed limits. The speed limit through school zones is 30 kilometres per hour on school days, unless otherwise posted; and school zone hours have been extended and now run from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days that classes are in session. The speed limit remains in effect until a sign on the opposite end of the school zone indicates it ends.
West Kelowna Bylaw Enforcement Officers will patrol school zones watching for parking infractions, common during the first few weeks of school.
Every September, the City of West Kelowna receives calls from residents concerned about speeding and dangerous driving in school zones. Council has asked West Kelowna RCMP to pay special attention in and around school zones, where children will be walking and cycling.
Drivers are also reminded that when a school bus turns on its flashing red lights, vehicles in all lanes, in both directions, must stop. Drivers should be aware that older students may use public transit, and motorists need to slow down around buses and watch for pedestrians that may be walking out into the street in front of or behind a stopped bus. Yield to buses that are ready to pull back into traffic.
ICBC’s Learn to Drive Smart driver’s guide can be found online at www.icbc.com and can help motorists brush up on rules of the road, including school zone signage, and sharing our streets with pedestrians, cyclists and buses.