Powell River RCMP remind drivers to use caution in school zones

Powell River RCMP is reminding drivers that school is back in session, which means school zones are now in effect.

The 30-kilometre per hour speed limit is in effect from 8 am until 5 pm during normal school days unless indicated otherwise on the sign.

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Fines for speeding in a school zone start at $196 and include three demerit points.

Students returning to school can easily be distracted and not pay attention to vehicles, according to RCMP.

In a media release, RCMP stated that drivers need to be aware that school buses will be back on the road and it is illegal to pass a school bus in either direction while its red lights are flashing.

The school district has placed cameras on board the buses so those who do not stop will be caught on video and that footage is forwarded to RCMP for further investigation. The fine for not stopping is $368.

"We all want to keep our children safe, so please be alert, slow down and stop when required," stated the RCMP.

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