Kids will be back in class late next week, and the High River RCMP are reminding drivers who pass through school zone areas, to practice caution and patience.

High River RCMP Staff Sergeant Robin Alexander says, regular speeding culprits in school zone areas, might be unexpected.

"Quite often it involves parents dropping off their children, as opposed to someone passing through the school zone with no connection to the school, most of our issues involve parking and congestion and discourteous driving around school zones from parents dropping off their kids."

With school zones now harmonized with playground zones, Alexander says a few drivers are still catching up with the change.

"I think the town is still dealing with the signage issue to make sure that it's clear for everyone, for example a school zone, previously just known as a school zone is now enforceable on weekends as well."

School zone hours are now from 7:30 a.m. to one hour after sunset, daily.

Alexander says as school starts up again, it's best to expect some early school year traffic.

"What you end up having is children and parents moving to new schools, so they've finished the one school and are moving to another one, so it's just getting used to the increased traffic and flow, but I have found in High River that people are pretty good around the school zones."

The Chris the Redeemer School Division has their kids heading back to school, Thursday, August 30, while kids in the Foothills School Division get a few extra days of Summer as they don't go back to school until after the Labour Day long weekend, on Tuesday, September 4.


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