School zones back in effect, significant fines on offer for offenders

Castlegar Source
By Castlegar Source
September 10th, 2020

RCMP will be conducting traffic enforcement in our local school zones all next week in an effort to slow down vehicle traffic as our children return to school. The RCMP would like to remind the public that school zones are in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday on regular school days.

Please respect our local school buses when their amber and red lights are flashing and when they are displaying their stop signs as they pick up and drop off school children. When you see a bus with flashing amber lights, you must slow down and prepare to stop. When the school bus is stopped and displaying flashing red lights/stop signs, you must come to a complete stop until the school bus has finished the pick-up and drop off of school children.

Do not attempt to pass the school bus at any time during this process as it may result in serious injury or death. It is the responsibility of motorists to watch out for the children while driving through designated school zones. We all can contribute to our children safely arriving at school.

Fines associated to school zone traffic violations are:

Speed in School Zone contrary to Section 147(1) of the BC Motor Vehicle Act
  • Less than 21 km/h – $196.00
  • 21 km/h to 40 km/h – $253.00
Excessive Speed contrary to Section 148(1) BC MVA
  • 41 to 60 km/hr over – $368.00
  • 60 km/h+ – $483.00
Fail to Stop for a School Bus contrary to Section 149 BC MVA – $368.00
Fail to Obey School Guard contrary to Section 179(4) BC MVA – $167.00

Drivers may also have their vehicles impounded for speeds exceeding 40 km/h over the speed limit.



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