Back-to-school blitz highlights school zone safety
Sept. 6, 2013
With the new school year underway, law enforcement will be taking part in a two-day blitz focusing on traffic safety in and around school zones. Operation Student Safety will take place province-wide on Sept. 10 and 11.
Police will be paying particular attention to motorists speeding in school zones, failing to stop at stop signs or yield signs, failing to yield for pedestrians, failing to obey crossing guards or failing to obey school bus signs.
“Slow down in school zones. Not only is it the law, but reducing your speed gives you more time to react to hazards on the road, like a child darting out in front of you,” said Andrew Cartmell, President and CEO of SGI. “Stay alert and drive with care, because you don't need the injury of a child on your conscience.”
In 20121, there were 30 collisions in school zones in the province, resulting in 11 injuries.
A Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) event will take place in the communities of Martensville, Warman and Corman Park, in conjunction with Operation Student Safety. STEP is an SGI-sponsored, multi-police agency traffic safety enforcement event.
Penalties for speeding in school zones include a fine of at least $140 and three demerit points under SGI's Safe Driver Recognition program.
Operation Student Safety previously took place last September and resulted in a total of 345 tickets, including 293 for speeding in school zones.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province's self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of over 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer's website or SGI's website.