With a month gone by since school started, provincial police and SGI have been focused on people who've been speeding through school zones.
In their Traffic Safety Spotlight for September, they catalouged some of the people who had gotten ticketed for exactly that.
SGI spokesperson Tyler McMurchy details just how many people ended up caught.
“Kids were back in school for September and back when we were in school a lot of us learned that rushing through an assignment leads to mistakes. Well, last month 260 drivers in school zones found out that rushing through a school zone leads to an expensive ticket. So we saw 260 school zone speeders reported by police and of course, these are just ones that are manually ticketed by police. They do not include photo speed enforcement.“
Some drivers also failed to stop for pedestrians in those school zones.
“In addition to the 260 speeders, there were 35 drivers ticketed for failing to yield to pedestrians and at the intersection. When you're talking about pedestrians at intersections in school zones, you're often talking about kids, so it's really important to pay attention to those crosswalks," said McMurchy, "to the pedestrians who have the right of way, to obey any traffic signals, stop signs, or pedestrian crossing lights that you may encounter.”
McMurchy says they also saw plenty of other tickets handed out.
"In addition to the 260 school zone speeding tickets, there were also 4827 tickets for other speeding or aggressive driving offences. In addition to that, there were 426 seat belt or car seat tickets reported by police for the month of September. We saw 723 tickets for distracted driving and that includes 605 tickets for drivers using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle."
"On the impaired driving front, we saw 384 impaired driving offences. That is derived from 172 Criminal Code charges and 212 administrative suspensions for violating either 0 tolerance for drugs while driving or exceeding provincial limits but not exceeding Criminal Code limits for alcohol."
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