GINTA – Please slow down; it’s the least we can all do for safety

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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.


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1 Comment on GINTA – Please slow down; it’s the least we can all do for safety

  1. Yeah those are the parents some of the kids go back home too, in many cases. New year same problems. For me personally with kids of school age, seen bad behaviour way too many times. Reported such bad behaviour a few times with absolutely no interest to intervene from the School Board, the principals, the RCMP and the City. Talking to the rule-breakers results in confrontation and worse. If the authorities are too cowardly or unconcerned where are we going to end-up?

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