Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP are urging all drivers to slow down in school and playground zones after issuing 167 tickets, including 140 for speeding during their annual back to school safety blitz during the first week of school.
“Unfortunately, we have seen a big increase in speeding offences this year,” said Sergeant Michael Zufferli with the Red Deer RCMP Traffic Unit. “People are indicating that they have become used to schools being closed due to COVID-19. However, it is important that drivers understand most school zones are in fact playground zones which require a 30 km/h speed limit until 9:00 p.m., seven days a week.”
Further to slowing down, Red Deer RCMP are also reminding students and other pedestrians to use crosswalks and traffic control devices when crossing streets. Police are asking parents to coach their kids about traffic and pedestrian safety and encourage pedestrians and drivers alike to stay off mobile devices.
“The RCMP presence around schools serves as a reminder to drivers to follow posted speed limits and pay attention to the road, and that we are actively targeting this risky behaviour,” said Sergeant Zufferli.
The RCMP Traffic Section monitors school and playground zones and conduct traffic safety campaigns year-round throughout the community as part of The City of Red Deer and Red Deer RCMP’s collaborative focus on safer roads.
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