YOU’D THINK WE’VE HEARD IT ENOUGH to not see it happen again. Speeding in school zones, that is. Going over 30km/h in a school zone can have awful consequences. Like I said in a previous column on the same topic, while the most awful are of course the deadly crashes, they are all horrendous.
Living near two schools, I can attest that the message has yet to be heard — or heeded, rather — by everyone. Like the person driving their vehicle at high speed shortly after pickup time near Summit Elementary the other day. Or the car behind following as if in a trance.
People living near other schools in Kamloops mention the same. Some drivers just don’t slow down, for whatever reasons.
According to polling conducted by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) nearly a quarter of drivers reported witnessing a miss or near-miss in school zones, half of which involved children. Nearly half of drivers witnessed impaired driving, which along with speeding and illegal parking constitutes one of the three most unsafe behaviours occurring near schools. And last but not least, 70 per cent of drivers witnessed speeding in school zones.