School Zones

Slow Down and Watch for Pedestrians

Drivers are reminded to watch for pedestrians and students walking to and from school; pay attention; drive safely; obey all traffic safety signs and laws; and, slow down – especially in school zones.

Also, students need to take precautions and practice crosswalk safety, and watch for traffic.

Peace Officers and RCMP will be frequently patrolling school zones, especially during the first few weeks of school to re-enforce safe driving habits.

The County Regional Enforcement Services will continue to collaborate with the media, its traffic safety partners groups, and the Office of Traffic Safety to educate drivers about traffic safety; and, will enforce all traffic laws to ensure our roads and neighbourhoods are as safe as possible.

Motorists can be ticketed and penalized for a number of offences including but not limited to: speeding in a school zone; passing a school bus; failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk; and, overtaking or passing a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. These fines range from $78 to $776.

School zones will be in effect on the days school is in operation throughout the County at the following locations and times:

Rural and Community School Zones 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Town of Sexsmith
Town of Wembley
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Back to School Safety Tips

  1. Point, Pause, Proceed. Be alert at intersections and always look out for danger when crossing the street.
  2. No helmet! No bike! Always wear your helmet when riding your bike. Bicycles are required to follow the same rules of the road as motor vehicles so make sure you stop at all stop signs and signal your turns.
  3. Please don't park in the "No Parking" zones in from of schools. You create a very dangerous situation for the children by doing so. "Stopping" is "Parking".
  4. Always wear your safety gear when skate-boarding, roller-blading, skating, or riding your scooter.
  5. Always watch for children crossing roads. Be prepared to stop or slow down.
  6. Alternating flashing yellow or amber lights means a bus is slowing down to stop. Do the same.
  7. Stop when the school bus activates its alternately flashing red lights.
  8. Know and obey the speed limits in school and playground zones.

For more information on Alberta's traffic safety laws visit www.transportation.alberta.ca. For more information on school zones or traffic safety programs, please contact the Regional Enforcement Services department at 780-532-9727.