We're a couple of weeks into the new school year and it doesn't look like it was a tough transition for either students or motorists.
 
Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles of the Drumheller RCMP says his members haven't been laying a lot of charges for speeding through school zones.
 
"From what I hear, people are slowing down, they're back in the swing of things, which is good," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "We don't want to be handing out these tickets in school zones, we want people to be driving the speed limit."
 
Charles isn't sure why Drumheller drivers have adapted well to reduced speeds around schools and playgrounds. He doesn't think the town's electronic speed sign has been a big factor.
 
"It can for a short period of time: I find that after a while, complacency sinks in again," he noted. "It's good for maybe a couple weeks in one location, but then it's got to be moved; otherwise it just becomes a fixture and people forget about it."
 
"Nothing beats a well marked police car and officer in uniform: that's the best deterrent and prevention right there," he concluded.
 
The speed in school zones is 30 kilometres per hour. The hours 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.

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