Classes to resume

School and City of Red Deer officials remind motorists that school is back in for all Central Alberta students next week and speeds need careful monitoring.

School and City of Red Deer officials remind motorists that school is back in for all Central Alberta students next week and speeds need careful monitoring.

Rebecca Clark, traffic engineer with the City of Red Deer, said the maximum speed allowed is 30 km/h in school and playground zones.

Both Red Deer Public School District and Catholic district students head back to school Tuesday except Grade 11-12 students at Notre Dame who return to school Wednesday.

Meanwhile Chinook’s Edge students return on Wednesday while Clearview and Wolf Creek district students are both back on Monday.

Clark said the zones are in effect on school days from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Red Deer motorists, Clark said, should be mindful that Red Deer is home to a variety of programs including year-round schooling which started about a month ago at St. Patrick’s Community School.

Playground zones are in effect from 8:30 a.m. until one hour after sunset every day.

Clark said the city has started changes to speed zones in order to comply with new Transportation Association of Canada guidelines.

The changes mean many school zones will become combination school and playground zones.

In other areas signs might be moved or added in order to keep all zones consistent.

It will take two years for the city’s Public Works Department to update all the signs.

Fines under the Traffic Safety Act range from $57 for driving one km over the posted speed limit to $351 for driving 50 km/h over the posted limit.

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