We would like to reminding drivers to do their part in keeping students safe by slowing down in school zones.
While this is a busy time of year for everyone, it is important to take the time to help students get safely to and from school. Many school zones have a 30km/hr speed limit in effect every school day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. In Sooke, the speeds vary.
In Sooke along Highway 14, the speed limit drops from the regular 60km/hr to the school zone 40km/hr when school-aged children are travelling on or by the road. Along Throup (enroute to Journey or Poirier) the speed limit is the regular 30km/hr school zone.
Last year in September, the Sooke RCMP were out monitoring these speeds, so (ironically but true) the fastest way to get your late child to school is actually to slow down. Receiving a speeding ticket takes time. And, it’s expensive. Speeding in a school zone will cost you anywhere from $196-$253, along with three points.
Driving at slower speeds and being extra cautious allows time to react to children’s unexpected movements, reducing the chances of crashes, injury and death. Drivers are encouraged to be extra cautious on the roads and to watch for children.
Active and Safe Routes to School Program
The CRD has been working with twenty schools across the region to encourage and enable more students to walk and bike to school. In Sooke, two schools are involved with this project, Journey middle school and Poirier elementary school.
Through the Active and Safe Routes to School program, parents and principals have identified concerns about road safety, including traffic speed. Drivers can do their part by slowing down in school zones.
For more information, visit this active safe routes to school CRD webpage.
Drivers are also reminded that the flashing red lights on a school bus, often accompanied with a pop-out stop sign, means you should (and this should go without saying but based on last year’s frustrations needs to be stated), um, STOP.