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Slow down in school zones, police warn

09/03/2013 02:59 EDT | Updated 11/03/2013 05:12 EST
Police across B.C. are warning they will be cracking down on speeding in schools zones as kids head back to school on this week.

The speed limit in school zones is 30 km/h between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on any school day.

Drivers should also keep in mind that excessive speeding in a school zone — which is defined as going 70 km/h in a 30 km/h zone — will lead to their vehicle being impounded for seven days as per the legislated rules, said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet.

Statistics have shown that during the first week of every school year, an average of two children in British Columbia are struck and killed by vehicles, Paquet said.

Children are most often hit by cars when they are crossing at an intersection, or suddenly running out onto the road.

"Students are also reminded to cross the road defensively and assume that they are not always seen," Paquet said.

"Some students may be new to the area or attending a different school, and parents should take this opportunity to review the rules of the road with their children and go over their daily route to and from school."

Drivers and students are also reminded to put away their electronic gadgets and concentrate on the road when driving or walking across the street, said Paquet.

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