M.E. and YOU: Weekly Municipal Enforcement Messages

Posted On Monday September 02, 2019

School is back in session. That means a busy and exciting time for children and parents. It also means more vehicles, bicycles and pedestrian traffic moving throughout our community. The School Zone 30 km/hr speed limits are back in effect for every school day from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

When driving near school zones, remember that children don’t have the same level of awareness for danger as adults. Drivers, please pay attention to speed limits, stop signs and cross walks in our school and playground zones and consider that children may be present at all times. Municipal Enforcement, working with the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP, will remind motorists to drive carefully and pedestrians and cyclists to use caution when walking on or crossing roads.

Parents are asked to talk to their children about pedestrian safety. 

  • Wear bright or reflective clothing;
  • Walk on a sidewalk or facing traffic if there isn’t a sidewalk;
  • Don’t cut through parked cars to jaywalk across the street.  Drivers may not have time to react if a child darts out from between vehicles;
  • Cross at crosswalks.  Remember to always look both ways for vehicles before crossing and make eye contact with drivers.

Motorists are reminded that illegal parking in and around schools may also create a risk for children and others who walk or cycle to schools. Only park in legal and safe parking locations. Remember, we each have a role to play in keeping our children and other vulnerable road users safe.

Fort Saskatchewan is a Vision Zero community and asks, “What are you doing to make our roads safer?” For more information on Vision Zero please visit fortsask.ca/visionzero