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RCMP ramping up patrols in P.E.I. school zones as end of year approaches

The City of Charlottetown is piloting a traffic project aimed at keeping students returning to school more safe.
School zones. - SaltWire file photo

With the activity around Island schools increasing as the year comes to a close, police are also ramping up their activity over the coming weeks.

The RCMP reminds drivers that it’s the responsibility of every motorist to be fully aware and drive within the speed limits posted, but the areas around schools can be particularly important.

Children aren't always attentive to traffic and that means that drivers have to be extra vigilant in their driving practices.

“There is no excuse for not paying attention to the road in front of you and being able to stop for any surprises that might pop up,” the RCMP said on its website.

“Slow down and keep an eye out for the littles.”

“If you can't slow down to avoid hitting a child, what will you slow down for? We're not going to wait for an answer on that, just going to give you a ticket to help you think about it."

Officers will be stopping and ticketing vehicles that do not abide by the laws, especially in areas with lots of youth. Police said stop sign "full stops" seem to be an issue and could help drivers become aware of their surroundings if a full stop happened prior to moving again.

If it's appropriate to yield, that is the sign you'll see. A stop sign means “full stop”.

“If you can't slow down to avoid hitting a child, what will you slow down for? We're not going to wait for an answer on that, just going to give you a ticket to help you think about it,” said the RCMP.

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