Back-to-school traffic safety blitz will highlight school zone safety

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With the new school year underway, law enforcement will be taking part in a two-day blitz focusing on traffic safety in and around school zones. Operation Student Safety will take place province-wide on Sept. 10 and 11.

Police will be paying particular attention to motorists speeding in school zones, failing to stop at stop signs or yield signs, failing to yield for pedestrians, failing to obey crossing guards or failing to obey school bus signs.

“Slow down in school zones. Not only is it the law, but reducing your speed gives you more time to react to hazards on the road, like a child darting out in front of you,” said Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI. “Stay alert and drive with care, because you don’t need the injury of a child on your conscience.”

Preliminary data from 2012 shows there were 30 collisions in school zones in the province, resulting in 11 injuries.

A Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) event will take place in the communities of Martensville, Warman and Corman Park, in conjunction with Operation Student Safety. STEP is an SGI-sponsored, multi-police agency traffic safety enforcement event.

Penalties for speeding in school zones include a fine of at least $140 and three demerit points under SGI’s Safe Driver Recognition program.

Operation Student Safety previously took place last September and resulted in a total of 345 tickets, including 293 for speeding in school zones.

Organizations: SGI, RCMP

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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