Back to School Safety Reminder

The school year begins on September 2, 2014. Please respect school zones - help our kids arrive alive.
The Lacombe Police Service would like to remind the general public that with the start up of the new school year there are reminders for drivers, pedestrians, parents,student passengers and cyclists.

Motorists need to pay extra attention to school buses and pedestrian traffic coming and going from the bus. The most common offence motorists commit is “failing to stop for a school bus” and this can result in a fine upon conviction. The fine for this offence is $402.00 and 6 demerit points.

The Lacombe Police Service recommends the following tips for motorists when approaching a school bus that is preparing to stop:
  • When approaching the bus from the opposite direction, ensure that you stop at a safe distance away from the front of the bus.
  • When approaching the bus from behind, we recommend that you stop at least 20 metres away from the back of the bus. 
  • Once the lights have stopped flashing and the safety arm folds away and the bus begins to move, it is safe to continue driving.
Motorists also must remember to obey the speed limits in the school zones. The speed limit in the school zone is 30 km per hour. School zone hours are as follows:
  • 8:00 am – 9:30 am
  • 11:30 am – 1:30 pm 
  • 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Fines for speeding in a school zone start at 1 km over the speed limit, the fines start at $57.00, and the amount increases for every 1km over. Please remember that we all have to share the road, so let’s do it safely.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Lacombe Police Service at 403-782-3279.


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