Police remind motorists to pay particular attention to school zone speed limits, which were reduced last year to 30 km/hour where the approaching speed limit is 50 km/hour and to 50 km/hour where the approaching speed limit is higher. The speed limits are in effect when children are present – outdoors, within 30 meters of the roadway – and were reduced to provide more reaction time to potentially dangerous incidents when children may be distracted and forget to watch for traffic.
Police also ask motorists to obey directions of crossing guards, watch for children in and around school areas and pay attention to school bus signals as students are picked up and dropped off. Drivers must stop when a school bus displays its flashing alternating red lights, whether they are driving behind the bus or toward the bus in the opposing lane. This applies on all roadways.
To ensure safety of school children, police will be patrolling school zones in the CBRM and enforcing motor vehicle regulations. The penalty for illegally passing a school bus is 6 points again the license and a fine starting at $399.91. Speed fines double in school zones, starting at $342.41 for a first offence. And, failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk can result in a fine starting at $687.41
Motorists should prepare for potential delays in traffic flow before and after school hours. Cape Breton Regional Police thank motorists for doing their part to help to make CBRM streets safe for children and youth in our communities.