Selective Traffic Enforcement

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September is back to school time and to reflect that the Selected Traffic Enforcement Program for the month of September will focus on school zone safety. Officers will be monitoring crosswalks and enforcing speed limits within school zones throughout the City of Camrose. School zones are in effect from 8:00am – 9:30am, 11:30am – 1:30pm and 3:00pm – 4:30pm.

In the excitement of returning to school, children may forget basic road safety rules as they walk, bicycle and ride the bus to school. Throughout the province, traffic injuries are the leading cause of death and a leading cause of hospitalization to children younger than 14.

To keep children safe, motorists should do the following:

  • Use caution when approaching intersections or mid-block crosswalks. Parked or stopped vehicles may hide a pedestrian who is crossing the road. The fine for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk or passing a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk to permit a pedestrian to cross is $776 and four demerit points.
  • Watch for the school safety patrol in their orange vests and stop as directed. Patrollers play a vital role in directing children safely across the street.

Back to school also means an increase in school bus traffic throughout the city. Safety at or near bus stops is also a high priority. Keep the following in mind:

  • Motorists should always watch for children crossing the road and be prepared to slow down or stop.
  • Driver courtesy goes a long way. By simply being alert and cautious when approaching a school bus, you are contributing to school bus safety.