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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The RCMP want to remind motorists that students are returning for the start of the school year today.

Police say that as of 8:00 a.m. Tuesday, school zone speed limits across the province will once again be going into effect. School zone speed limits of 30 km/h are in effect on school days from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Motorists are being cautioned to be alert for pedestrians when approaching intersections, crosswalks, or designated school crossings.

Speeding in a school zone carries a fine of between $196 and $253 along with three driver penalty points. Failing to stop for a school bus carries a fine of $368 and three penalty points.

Police also have the following list of tips for walking to school:

  • Make sure your child’s walk to school is a safe route and that they are familiar with it.
  • POINT, PAUSE, and PROCEED. Be alert at intersections and always look out for danger when crossing the street
  • Always use crosswalks and pedestrian-activated signals when they are available and cross only at intersections if they are not.
  • Never jaywalk. Drivers are not anticipating pedestrians crossing in the middle of the street so they may not have enough time to avoid hitting you.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.
  • Ensure that motorists stop completely before attempting to cross the street.
  • Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk off the road, facing traffic, staying as far away from the vehicles as possible.
  • Pay attention! Remove headphones; put away cell phones or other electronic devices when crossing the street.
  • Abide by traffic signs and signals.

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