**** RCMP Media Release
RCMP reminds public to drive and park safely in school zones
Halifax District RCMP is reminding motorists to slow down in school zones and to be courteous at school pick-ups and drop-offs.
Recently, police have gotten reports of vehicles speeding in school zones, and we want to help everyone stay safe by reminding drivers of the traffic rules in school zones.
If the posted speed limit in a school zone is 50 km/h, motorists must slow to a maximum of 30 km/h when children are present. If the posted limit is higher than 50 km/h, motorists must slow to a maximum of 50 km/h when children are present.
On weekends, evenings and holidays, motorists may drive the posted speed limit unless there are children nearby.
Some other ways to drive safely in school zones:
• Stay focused on the road ahead and be aware of what is happening around you.
• Slow down and be extra careful in school zones.
• Always stop for school buses.
• Always drive sober.
• Be courteous at school pick-up and drop-off times. Try not to block other cars or fire lanes.
• Approach crosswalks with caution and remember that pedestrians have the right of way.
Speeding in a school zone can mean a first offense fine of:
• $352.50 and two points on a driver’s license for travelling 1-15 km/h over the speed limit.
• $467.50, three points on a driver’s license and a 7-day license suspension for travelling 16-30 km/h over the speed limit.
• $697.50, four points on a driver’s license and a 7-day license suspension for travelling 31 or more km/h over the speed limit.
All Nova Scotians have an important role to play in helping kids, educators, parents and guardians stay safe. Please slow down to help protect everyone.