Education

Motorists: Be mindful of children

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — With the new school year set to begin Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Edmundston Police Force reminds motorists of a few regulations to ensure a safe return to school for all students.

First, it is important to respect the speed limits in the school zones. School zones are marked with yellow and flashing signs for all schools in the City of Edmundston. The speed limit in school zones is 30 km / h. The Motor Vehicle Act provides for fines for motorists who are speeding.

Secondly, it’s important to respect pedestrian crossings and crossing guards. Again, the Motor Vehicle Act provides for a fine if priority is not given to a pedestrian on a pedestrian crossing, or to ignore the signal of a crossing guard. It is also important to note that all fines are doubled when committed in a school zone. The minimum fine is therefore $ 340.50 and can be up to $ 580.50, not to mention the loss of merit points on the driver’s license.

During this school year, police officers will be present in different school zones to ensure the safety of students using school bus service or walking to school.

The Edmundston Police Force is also planning to ask police officers to board school buses to identify motorists who are at fault and to intervene immediately.

Police ask for the cooperation of all motorists to ensure the safety of all.

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