With thousands of children starting a new school year, drivers need to be extra careful.
 
Elk Island Public Schools and Elk Island Catholic Schools are back to the books on Wednesday (August 30).  For motorists, it means 30 km/h in school zones.
 
"Just be extra cautious and remind people that even if you're not around schools, there's going to be a lot of kids out walking again," said Janice Schoepp, Constable for the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP.
 
The reduced speed limits in Strathcona County and Fort Saskatchewan are in effect on school days from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Playground zones are 30 km/h from 8:30 a.m. until one hour after sunset.
 
Police are also reminding drivers to be cautious around school buses and crosswalks.
 
Back to school facts:
- During the 2014-15 school year, more than 40 per cent of drivers involved in collisions with school buses committed an error, the most common of which was following too closely.
- School buses in Alberta travel an estimated 450,000 kilometres a day that’s more than 10 times around the Earth.
 
 

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