Abbotsford drivers reminded to watch their speed through school zones

Drivers travelling by South Poplar Traditional Elementary on Tuesday morning were reminded that school speed zones are back in effect.

Abbotsford Police Const. Don Ridder checks the speed of drivers travelling through the school zone past South Poplar Traditional Elementary.

Abbotsford Police Const. Don Ridder checks the speed of drivers travelling through the school zone past South Poplar Traditional Elementary.

Drivers travelling by South Poplar Traditional Elementary on Tuesday morning were reminded that school speed zones are back in effect.

Two Abbotsford Police officers – Deputy Chief Rick Lucy and Const. Don Ridder – parked their Harley-Davidson motorcycles at the side of Huntingdon Road and set up a speed trap. They were among several officers stationed at school zones across the city, as students resumed classes after the summer break.

Lucy said the traffic blitz is planned for two weeks – during mornings and afternoons – with the intention to cover every school zone in the city.

He said the point is to remind drivers that the 30 km/h limits, which aren’t in effect during school holidays, are back.

“The roads are busy. The kids aren’t as comfortable as motorists are,” he said.

On Tuesday morning, most of the motorists driving past South Poplar school obeyed the speed limit, but the driver of a dump truck and trailer was issued a ticket for travelling more than 50 km/h. His fine was $253, but tickets in school zones range from $196 to $483, depending on the speed of the vehicle.

Eight other tickets were handed out in that zone – six written warnings for speed, one for no seatbelt, and one “notice and order” for a vehicle deficiency.

 

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