Thursday, August 30, 2012



City Hall News

A Safer City

Driver caution urged as schools set to begin

Released by Starlee Renton, Chilliwack City Hall


s students head back to school on Tuesday, Chilliwack's 'Safer City' program partners are reminding motorists that school zones are back in effect. The speed limit in school zones is 30 km/h  on school days from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.

This fall, the Chilliwack RCMP and Speed Watch will be focusing extra attention on school zones and will be monitoring and enforcing driver behaviour.

"All of us need to pay attention to the rules of the road and make sure children get to and from school safely and prevent avoidable tragedies, said Chilliwack RCMP Corporal Lee Dyson. "Even if it looks like there are no children on the sidewalks, they can appear from between parked vehicles or from places you may not expect them. Chilliwack Traffic Services members will be out in school zones, reminding people to slow down and keep distractions to a minimum."

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 three to six points on his or her record, as well as having their vehicle impounded for seven days, depending on how excessive the speed is over the posted speed limit.

Pedestrian safety is a driver and pedestrian 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. Talk with your children about what to do before crossing a road.


Teach your child to always use their eyes and their ears to "stop, look and listen," even if there is a crossing guard or traffic signals to assist them. Distractions are equally dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians - put away your cell phone and remove ear buds.

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

On Tuesday, September 4 at 7:30 am, Safety Bear and members of Chilliwack's Safer City team will be welcoming students on their first day back to school at Vedder Elementary at 45850 Promontory Road. Additionally, Safety Bear and the Safer City team will be greeting students on Monday, September 10 at 7:30 a.m. at Bernard Elementary at 45465 Bernard Avenue, to welcome students during week two of Back to School.

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