Vancouver Police launch back-to-school road safety campaign

VANCOUVER Police announced on Tuesday they are stepping up enforcement around school zones, and reminded road users to slow down and pay attention as children return for another year of school.

“With more than 600,000 students heading back to school or attending school for the first time, there will be an increase in young pedestrians on our roads, and their safety is everyone’s responsibility,” said Minister of Education, Rob Fleming. “That’s why we are reminding people to be extra vigilant – drive carefully, responsibly, and free from distractions at all times.”

VPD traffic officers were conducting enforcement near Jamieson Elementary on Tuesday morning, and planned to visit school zones throughout the city in the coming weeks to enforce speed limits and promote responsible road use.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a bike, driving a car, or walking,” said VPD Superintendent Steve Eely. “We can all do our part by planning ahead, giving ourselves a little extra time, and avoiding distractions while on the road.”

September is one of the busiest times of year on the road, said Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, who reminded everyone to do their part to ensure a safe return to school.

“Every B.C. driver has a responsibility to help keep our kids, our roads, and our communities safe,” Farnworth said. “This means doing your part by slowing down in school zones, being mindful of bus and crosswalk safety, and always avoiding distracted driving.”

VPD reminded drivers that speed in school zones is limited to 30 km/h from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on school days. Fines for speeding start at $196, while fines for using an electronic device start at $368.

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