It's a school day for pretty much everyone in East Central Alberta, including vehicle drivers.
The Golden Hills School Diuvision, which oversees DVSS and Greentree School in Drumheller, along with Carbon and Wheatland Crossing School near Standard, went back for the first time today and school zones around those facilities also came back into effect.
"We've instructed our general duty members for the first week of school to be in the school zones, make sure the speeds are down and everybody's watching out for the kids crossing the streets," reported Acting Corporal Barry Allison of the Drumheller RCMP.
"The kids are excited, expecially the little ones: they'll dart out between cars trying to get across to school so you have to be extra cautious about them," he continued. "Hopefully it doesn't take too long, but the first week is usually a little bit hairy for them: you're used to the quieter streets around the school zones in the summer and all of a sudden, you've got these kids and extra traffic and buses."
The maximum speed in school zones is 30 kilometres per hour. The hours of operation are 8:00 to 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
"Especially with the smaller kids, based on their excitement they're not going to always look both ways before they cross the street and you have to look out for them while you're driving, and look out for other drivers as well," concluded Allison.