Increased enforcement around schools and playgrounds


With spring finally here the temperatures are rising, but your speed shouldn’t, especially in school and playground zones. The Prince George RCMP’s Community Policing Section have received many recent complaints about speeding vehicles, pedestrian safety concerns and parking issues at or near area schools and playgrounds.

“RCMP volunteers have been attending the areas of concern and of all the vehicles observed, 51 per cent were observed travelling above the posted speed limit,” said Mike Burt, program coordinator. “If you were one of those drivers, but not stopped by RCMP officers, you will be receiving a warning letter in the mail from the Community Policing Section explaining the violation(s) observed and what the penalty could have been.”

RCMP officers will continue to conduct enforcement in areas of concern. The enforcement will be complimented by volunteers providing educational enforcement.

“With nine weeks of school left, we are asking motorists to remain diligent and obey school zones, which are in effect Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. when school is in session,” said Sergeant Matt LaBelle, officer in charge of the detachment’s Traffic Services Section. “Playground zones are in effect every day of the year from dawn until dusk.”

Motorists are also reminded to watch for no parking or no stopping zones, especially in and around school zones. Parking or stopping in these areas to pick up or drop off your children is unsafe and not allowed, even if it’s only for a few seconds. City of Prince George Bylaw Law Enforcement Officers patrol these areas and will continue to do so during high traffic times, like before and after school. For more information on parking bylaws, go to www.princegeorge.ca or call the City of Prince George at 250-561-7600.

For more information on RCMP volunteer programs or to learn about crime prevention, go to www.princegeorge.rcmp.ca. As an alternative, contact the Prince George RCMP’s Community Policing Office at (250)561-3366 or drop by the office located at 455 Victoria Street, Prince George.