Back to school means school zones are once again in effect.
 
With schools buzzing with children this week, RCMP will have extra patrols out to ensure drivers are being safe on the road.
 
The new school zone hours for Strathcona County are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on school days. Fort Saskatchewan school zones remain 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
The school zone speed limit is 30 km/h. Speeding fines in school and playground zones start at $78 plus two demerits for one kilometre over the speed limit and increase with every additional kilometre.
 
Passing or attempting to pass another vehicle in a school or playground zone when the lower speed limit is in effect is not permitted. Doing so may lead to a fine of $233 and three demerits.
 
Police ask drivers not to impede traffic, stop or park on a roadway in school zones. Doing so can result in a fine of up to $155. Parking within five meters of a stop sign, fire hydrant or crosswalk can carry a fine of $100. Failing to yield to a pedestrian can lead to a fine of $776.
 
School starts up again on Tuesday (Sept.4).

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