As the school year starts, SGI’s focus turns to school zones, teaming up with police across the province for Operation Student Safety.
According to a press release from SGI, the blitz will run Tuesday through Wednesday and will target motorists who fail to obey rules while traveling through school zones.
“School zones often see heavy traffic,” said Andrew Cartmell, president and CEO of SGI, in the release. “The start of the new school year is a good time to remind motorists to slow down and be attentive to students and pedestrians.”
People who are found committing offenses like speeding, rolling through stop signs and failing to yield to pedestrians could lose up to three demerit points and face a $140 fine.
“Young children are more difficult to see than adults, and tend to think vehicles can stop quickly, so it’s important for motorists to pay extra attention in those areas,” said Cartmell.
Did you know?
SGI reports on average there are 40 collisions in school zones annually resulting in 14 injuries and two fatalities.
In 2011, there were a total of 37 collisions resulting in 17 injuries.