Morinville RCMP would like to remind the community to exercise extra caution as students in Morinville and throughout Sturgeon County head back to school on Sept. 3. Morinville RCMP along with the Morinville Bylaw and Sturgeon County bylaw will be in school zones starting next week and throughout the school year in order to ensure that drivers are observing the posted school zone speed limit.
The speed limit in both urban and rural school zones is 30 km/ hr, unless otherwise posted and is in effect on school days from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. unless other times are posted. The speed limit in a playground zone is 30 km /hr unless otherwise posted and is in effect from 8:30 a.m. to one hour after sunset.
A vehicle is not permitted to pass another vehicle travelling in the same direction in either school or playground zones during the times that these zones are in effect.
Motorists are reminded to stay well back of school busses with their lights activated as children will be entering or exiting the bus and crossing the street. Parents are encouraged to drop their children off in designated drop off / pick up areas.
Did you know that motor vehicle collisions are the number one cause of injury and death among children? Teaching your children about traffic and pedestrian safety will help them stay safe on the roads.
Morinville RCMP encourages all drivers to use extra care when driving in a school / playground zone as children can be unpredictable in their actions and might not understand the danger posed by oncoming traffic. As well, a very safe and successful school year to all students in Morinville and Sturgeon County.
Constable Yelena Avoine