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RCMP remind motorists of school zones as kids head back to school

Quesnel RCMP and police throughout the Cariboo will be paying close attention to school zones this week as students head back to class.

Cpl. Curt Banse, the Unit Commander for North Cariboo Highway Patrol, says motorists get used to traveling at normal speeds when school is out and can take a little while to get out of that habit.

He says the fines can be costly, starting off with $138 for exceeding the speed limit by less than 21 km/h…

“If you’re doing 21 to 40 kilometers an hour you are looking at $196 fine,” he said.

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“Now if you’re traveling at an excessive speed which is one of the largest fines, you’re going to get and that’s anywhere from 41 to 60 km/h, a $368 fine and you’re looking at a 7 day impound for excessive speed.”

Statistics show that in North Central BC, 7 children between the ages of 5 to 18 are injured in accidents in school or playground zones every year.

(Files from George Henderson)

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