City reminds drivers on traffic safety as students prepare to return to school

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“Folks who are not obeying the law in playground zones where there’s automated enforcement locations will receive a ticket,” Lamarre said.

Another step parents can take to follow traffic safety is to watch where they park when picking up or dropping off students, according to Troy Courtoreille, coordinator of parking enforcement service’s with the City of Edmonton.

“Parents that have parked too close to crosswalks, too close to intersections, or stop in the middle of the road to either let their child out or pick their child up can cause serious safety issues,” Courtoreille said. “Illegal parking also causes congestion and visual obstructions, making it hard for drivers to see pedestrians, including children crossing the street.”

Courtoreille said there has been a “substantial increase” in requests for extra patrols in school zones during the school year. From 2015 to 2017, the service was averaging about 80 requests for extra patrols while in 2018 and 2019, that number jumped to just under 300 extra patrol requests above the base level of service that is already provided.

Courtoreille said there will be a three week education awareness campaign where officers will talk to parents about school safety and good parking habits and issue warnings.

Parking fines can range from $50 to $100.

Since playground zones were implemented in 2017, collisions around schools have decreased by 13 per cent, injuries and fatalities decreased by 42 per cent and injuries to vulnerable road users such as children have decreased by 71 per cent.

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