On Monday, East Hants District RCMP ticketed three drivers for speeding in school zones throughout the municipality. One speeder was clocked at 106 km/h in a school zone where the speed limit was 50 km/h.
“School zones can be busy places with lots going on,” says S/Sgt. Steve Ettinger of East Hants District RCMP. “Even if you don’t expect kids to be near the road at a certain time, you can’t be sure they won’t appear. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to abide by the speed limit no matter the time of day.”
Navigating speed limits in school zones
Different school zones have different speed limits. If the speed limit is 50 km/h, motorists must slow to a maximum of 30 km/h when children are present. If the speed limit is higher than 50 km/h, motorists must slow to a maximum of 50 km/h in school zones when children are present. During school hours, motorists must lower their speed and assume children are present. On weekends, evenings and holidays, motorists may drive the posted speed limit unless there are children near the school zone.
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 seven 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.
East Hants District RCMP thanks the many motorists who drive safely through school zones every day and asks everyone to help protect the kids in their community by slowing down in school zones and abiding by speed limits.
Source : Media Release