Central Okanagan RCMP urge road safety

Members of the RCMP Central Okanagan Traffic Services will be in full force as kids head back to school in Lake Country.

Members of the RCMP Central Okanagan Traffic Services will be in full force as kids head back to school in Lake Country.

Mounties are asking drivers to slow down and watch for children.

“Slowing down doesn’t just apply to 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Children who live near school might go home for lunch, or might be late getting to school or going home early,” said Const. Kris Clark.

School buses will also be transporting children to and from school.

“A school bus displaying its stop sign and flashing red lights means you must stop until the lights and the signs are deactivated, regardless of which direction you are headed. School buses also tend to be an obvious indicator that children will be nearby,” said Clark.

RCMP will be keeping a close eye on drivers travelling through school zones starting Tuesday; school zone speed limits are 30 km/h between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on school days. Fines can range from $196 to $253.