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35 school zone tickets issued on first day of school: Burnaby RCMP
Burnaby RCMP's traffic officers issued 35 tickets on the first day of school Tuesday, the result of increased enforcement in school zones.
Sgt. Dave Bell of the traffic section said officers were at several of the busier school zones to remind motorists that kids have returned to classes.
Most of the tickets handed out were for speed and distracted driving, such as people using their cellphones, Bell said, in addition to the occasional seatbelt infraction.
"That's the primary cause of problems is the speed. People can't react, can't stop fast enough, kids don't perceive them, other parents who are pulling over, if it's not in the parking lot at the school, don't see cars coming through, so it's a big hazard."
Teams of officers are at three to five schools per day during the before- and after-school periods. The enforcement efforts are scheduled to last two weeks.
Motorists also need to watch where they're stopping or parking in school zones, Bell said.
No-stopping zones are marked but not always.
"What happens is … drivers are stopping in front of the school or at a corner of an intersection … and vehicles coming around the corner can't see. They're stopping in locations where the visibility for other drivers and pedestrians is obstructed and that creates a serious hazard."
On major arterial routes, such as Kensington Avenue, officers have to contend with motorists who aren't dropping kids at school and forget to obey signs and school zone speed limits, Bell said.
He noted that school zone speed limits are only in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days when school is in session.