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Chilliwack motorists reminded to slow down

Fred McMurrer (left), volunteer with Speed Watch, uses a radar gun to check the speed of motorists along Promontory Road outside Vedder elementary on Tuesday morning. - JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS
Fred McMurrer (left), volunteer with Speed Watch, uses a radar gun to check the speed of motorists along Promontory Road outside Vedder elementary on Tuesday morning.
— image credit: JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS

Now that school is back in session, Chilliwack motorists are being reminded to slow down to the posted 30 km/h in school zones on school days.

RCMP, Speed Watch, ICBC, the City of Chilliwack and Community Policing were out in full force Tuesday nabbing speeding drivers along Promontory Road at Vedder elementary.

School zone speed limits are now in effect Mondays to Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A motorist speeding within a 30 km/h school zone could face a minimum fine of $196 to a maximum of $483, a penalty of three to six points on his or her record, as well as having their vehicle impounded for seven days, depending on how excessive the speed is over the posted speed limit.

In addition to watching for speeding drivers, RCMP were also issuing warnings and tickets to people parked in no-stopping zones outside Vedder elementary.

"It adds to congestion and it adds to blind spots for kids," says ICBC road safety co-ordinator Mike Weightman.

“All of us need to pay attention to the rules of the road and make sure children get to and from school safely and prevent avoidable tragedies, said Chilliwack RCMP Cpl. Lee Dyson. “Even if it looks like there are no children on the sidewalks, they can appear from between parked vehicles or from places you may not expect them. Chilliwack Traffic Services members will be out in school zones, reminding people to slow down and keep distractions to a minimum.”

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