Nova Scotia

Drivers unaware of new speed limit in school zones

Cape Breton Regional Police say some drivers haven't got the message that speed limits in school zones have dropped.

Police say some drivers in Sydney haven't adjusted to reduced speed limit

Police say they will start ticketing drivers who don't follow the new rules soon. (Joan Weeks/CBC)

Cape Breton Regional Police say some drivers haven't got the message that speed limits in school zones have dropped to 30 km/h in urban areas. The new provincial legislation came into effect September 1.

The speed limit in school zones in rural areas varies from place to place.

"It's important for people to keep in mind that this legislation is in effect 365 days of the year," said Sgt. Russell Baker, a traffic safety officer with the police. "That could be at the Christmas concert, the Easter fair, whatever. If children are present in a school zone within 30 meters of the centre line you must reduce your speed to 30 km/ hr."

On Monday outside Étoile de L'Acadie, on Prince Street in Sydney, most drivers were exceeding the speed limit.

"I know officers have been stopping people in some areas that have been identified as problem areas and reinforcing with them that this is in effect, educating them about what the situation is for the 30 kilometers," said Baker. "It will become stricter at a future date. We will move to enforcement without further educating the public."

The fine for speeding in a school zone is about $400.

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