Students throughout East Central Alberta are back in school this week, which means school zones are back in effect for motorists.
"School is started and the school zones come back into play, as well as being cautious at crosswalks across the highways," reminded Constable Eric Doucette, the traffic enforcement office for the Drumheller RCMP. "In particular, Highway 10 and Highway 9 next to Tim Horton's, those two crosswalks are very busy because the schools are so close by."
Doucette asks that all motorists remember to slow to 30 km/hr. and leave their cell phones and other distractions alone when driving anywhere near where children gather. However, he notes it's also up to students to stay safe.
"When I first got here, we had one child that had crossed the street on his bicycle at Tim Horton's and he ended up actually running into the side of a pick-up truck, and he had not activated the (overhead) lights," Doucette recalled. "When you come to the crosswalks on your bicycle, walk across the crosswalk with your bike, not to ride it across."
"Make sure the vehicles stop before you enter the street so you're not catching motorists oof guard," he continued. "Keep a visual on the driver of the vehicle because when you can see that they see you, then you know it's safe to go."
Doucette also had a warning for teens with new vehicles: he said police will be looking for drivers stunting in and around school zones. The specified fine for that is $563 and three demerit points on your driver's license.