Wednesday August 31, 2011

City Hall News

Watch Speed In School Zones

Safer City program cautions Chilliwack drivers

Released by Starlee Renton, Chilliwack City Hall


ummer vacation is coming to an end and it is back to school time for Chilliwack students. As students head back to school on Tuesday, Chilliwack's 'Safer City' program partners are reminding motorists that school zones are in effect.


This means the speed limit in school zones is 30 km/h on school days from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.

"Everyone needs to slow down and pay special attention when in a school zone," said Chilliwack RCMP Corporal Daryl Dalby. "Even if it looks like there are no children on the sidewalks, they can jump out from between parked vehicles or from where you don't expect them."

The Chilliwack RCMP will be focusing extra attention on school zones this fall. Speed Watch volunteers will be working in conjunction with the Chilliwack RCMP, to monitor and enforce driver behaviour in school zones. A motorist speeding within a 30 km/hr school zone could face a minimum fine of $196 to a maximum of $483, a penalty of 3 to 6 points on his or her record, as well as having the vehicle impounded for seven days.

Pedestrian safety is both the driver and pedestrian's responsibility. Children's physical and mental capacities are still developing well into their teens and they are often unable to make safe judgments about pedestrian safety. Parents are reminded to talk with their children about what to do before crossing the road. Teach your child to use their eyes and their ears, to always 'Stop, Think, Look and Listen,' even if there is a crossing guard or traffic signal. Distractions are equally dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians - put away cell phones and take out ear buds.

The Chilliwack Safer City program is a partnership between the City of Chilliwack, Chilliwack RCMP and ICBC.

On Tuesday, September 6 at 7:30 am, Safety Bear and other members of Chilliwack's Safer City program will be outside Central Elementary at 9435 Young Road, to greet students on their first day back to school.


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