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RCMP Remind Drivers of School vs Playground Zones

With school starting soon, the Alberta RCMP would like to take the time to remind drivers when School/Playground Zones are in effect and what the differences are:
  • School Zones are in effect when school is in session. School Zone times are 1. 8:00a.m. – 9:30a.m.  2. 11:30a.m. – 1:30p.m. and 3. 3:00p.m. – 4:30p.m.. A municipality may make changes to these times set out by the Province but if that’s the case, they should be posted beneath the School Zone sign. The prescribed speed limit in School Zones is 30km/hr. The School Zone ends when either a higher ‘maximum’ speed sign or ‘end of school zone’ sign is present.
  • Playground Zones are in effect every day from 8:30a.m. until 1hr after sunset. A municipality may vary these hours, but if the hours are changed, they will be posted beneath the Playground Zone sign. The speed limit within a Playground Zone is 30km/hr unless otherwise posted.
  • Playground Areas are identified by a Playground sign without a speed limit attached to it. These signs indicate to drivers there may be children playing nearby and to use caution when driving through the area. The speed limit in these areas does not change.
For more information on traffic control regulations, visit http://www.transportation.alberta.ca
In the Foothills and much of the surrounding area, school is back in session on August 29th this year.

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