Red Deer, Alberta – While a few of Red Deer’s year-round schools are already in session, the rest of the city’s schools start classes again on Thursday, September 1. Red Deer RCMP would like to remind drivers, parents and students of a few important tips to make the return to school safe and successful for everyone.
Starting September 1, all school zones in Red Deer are once again in effect. The speed limit in Red Deer school zones is 30 km/ hr and is in effect from 8 to 9:30 am, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and 3 to 4:30 pm on school days. RCMP will be checking school zones to ensure that drivers remember to slow down and watch for children. The fine for going 50 km/ hr in a school zone is $167 and that fine amount increases as the speed increases.
While school buses within the city do not use a flashing light system, RCMP urge all drivers to slow down and use caution when passing a stopped school bus.
Students making their way to school are reminded to only cross the street at marked crosswalks and intersections and to always be alert for danger. If you’re walking to school, walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the street facing traffic, staying as far away from the vehicles as possible.
If you take the bus, wait for it at a safe place at least 10 steps away from the road. Never run after the school bus to try to catch up. And remember, if you can't see the driver, the driver can't see you either. If you bike, roller blade or skateboard to school, don’t forget your safety gear. Youth under 18 are required by Alberta law to wear a helmet when riding a bike.
We all have a part to play in ensuring the safety of our children and the roads, and Red Deer RCMP thank you for driving defensively and observing school zone speed limits during school hours.
Cpl. Karyn Kay
Red Deer RCMP