Back to school; slow down!

Vernon North Okanagan

2022-09-01 14:38 PDT

stock photo of kids going back to school

As students in the North Okanagan head back to school, the RCMP want to remind everyone that speed restrictions in school zones are back in effect this week.

Starting Tuesday, September 6th, Vernon North Okanagan RCMP officers and the City of Vernon RCMP volunteers will have an increased presence in school zones throughout the area making sure drivers are aware and paying attention.

It’s an exciting time as we kick off the start of a new school year, states Constable Neil Horne, School Resource Officer for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP. The roadways around our schools are going to be incredibly busy as thousands of kids make their way back to classes this week. With all the excitement of going back to school, kids might not always be thinking about safety which is why it’s particularly important for motorist to use caution, pay close attention, and obey the speed limit when driving through these areas.

Drivers are reminded that a 30km/h is in effect in school zones from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Vernon and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Armstrong and Enderby, when school is in session. In playground areas, the 30km/h limit is from dawn until dusk, unless otherwise posted.

Police are also asking parents to talk to their kids. Teaching our children the rules of the road and to pay attention to their surroundings is essential to their safety, adds Horne. After a long summer break, children of all ages, even older ones, can benefit from a refresher on pedestrian safety and the start of new school year is a good opportunity to have these discussions.

Safety tips for parents, students, and drivers




Common offences under the BC Motor Vehicle Act around schools and parks include:

Everyone in the community needs to take an active role in road safety and we all share the responsibility to ensure students in our communities make it to and from school safely."


Released by

Cst. Chris Terleski

Media Relations Officer
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP
3402 30th St, Vernon, B.C. V1T 5E5
Office: 250-260-7161
Fax: 250-260-7191


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