A post-spring break school zone enforcement effort resulted in Saanich police issuing numerous speeding tickets on March 30. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)

Saanich police remind drivers to slow down in school zones post-spring break

Speed limit of 30 km/h near schools 'reduces the severity of collisions,' police say

  • Mar. 31, 2021 12:00 a.m.

As schools across B.C. welcomed students back from their mid-March break, the Saanich Police Department heard reports some drivers were ignoring the 30 km/h speed limit outside schools.

In response, officers with traffic safety unit were posted to various Saanich school zones on March 30.

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Outside Glanford Middle School, officers stopped three speeders Tuesday morning.

The 30 km/h speed limit – in effect on school days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – is there to keep students, parents and school staff safe, explained Const. Markus Anastasiades, public information officer for the department.

He also noted that having drivers go 30 km/h near schools “reduces the severity of collisions.”

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The fines for speeding in a school are higher than on regular stretches of road – drivers caught going up to 20 km/h over the limit receive a $196 ticket and those going up to 40 km/h over the limit are slapped with a $283 ticket.

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