2019-09-11 09:30 PDT
Its mid-September, the days are getting shorter, the air is getting cooler and the hockey rink is full again. This means that it is time to remind all motorists that children and young adults have headed back to school.
Every year there are children that are walking or riding their bikes to school for the first time. They are finding their route and routine and need extra time and room while they get comfortable in their journey. We also need to be aware of the increasing loss of light. If your commute includes areas where children walk, they will be harder to spot in the mornings and afternoons.
According to ICBC statistics, every year across the Province, 380 children are injured and 6 are killed while walking or cycling. This includes 86 who were injured in playground and school zones.
For the past two weeks, Oceanside RCMP and Oceanside Community Safety Volunteers (Speed Watch) have been out in all school zones reminding the public to slow down. Week one, with rare exception, warnings were issued to remind motorists that school is back in session. Unfortunately, patience is running thin as many motorists are not getting the hint.
This week, over 100 violators have been found speeding (many at more than double the speed limit) through Oceanside school zones. This is simply not acceptable! Please slow down and keep our children safe.
Back to school-zone math is simple, (speed greater than 30km/h in a school-zone equals a fine of $196 at minimum). – States Cpl. Foreman
Cpl. Jesse ForemanOperations Support NCO
oceanside.bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
727 West Island Highway, Parksville, BC V9P 1B9
Office: 250-248-6111 extension 245
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