Driver vigilance called for in school zones

This year, the school chosen is Anne McClymont Elementary in the Okanagan Mission on Lakeshore Road.

Roughly 21,000 students in the Central Okanagan returned to classes on Tuesday.

With schools back in session, it also means all those students will be on area roads, traveling back and forth to their various schools by foot, bike, car, bus and a number of other

“We all have to be extra vigilant during this time,” said Dave Gibson, Kelowna RCMP regional traffic safety officer.

“We are used to going through school zones without reducing our speed to 30 km/h during the summer months.”

School zone signs go back into effect Sept. 8 and speed limits within are enforced from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on days that schools are in session.

Gibson also wants to remind the public about the re-appearance of school buses on our roadways.

Traffic must stop in both directions when a school bus is stopped and displaying red flashing lights with an extended stop sign.

Every year, the City of Kelowna picks a different school site to be the focal school of the back to school safety campaign.

This year, the school chosen is Anne McClymont Elementary in the Okanagan Mission on Lakeshore Road.

Gibson noted the city has been responsive to the concerns of citizens who have been petitioning for upgrades to enhance the safety of students traveling to and from this school.

City crews and contractors have been busy during the summer months to bring about these major infrastructure changes and enhancements.

A good portion of the construction in front of the school was completed for the start of school and most of the on-going construction will be at either end of the school zone.

Purvez Irani, infrastructure delivery project manager for the City of Kelowna, suggests that those needing to visit the school should park a short distance away and walk onto the site, thus alleviating some of the vehicular congestion.

A new drop-off zone has also been created in front of the school, in the drive-through area.

 

Just Posted

Open burning permitted again in Kamloops Fire Centre

Low fire rating prompts decision throughout Kamloops Fire Centre

B.C. Rural Party co-founder rebukes pro-NDP accusation

Telkwa Mayor Darcy Repen disputes being NDP campaign supporter

Incumbent trustee candidate reassesses SOGI 123 impact

Lee-Ann Tiede says mandated student inclusiveness program has some issues

Lake Country Chamber of Commerce to host All Candidates Forum

Residents are being asked to submit questions to be asked

Kelowna-Lake Country Liberal MP acclaimed for his party’s nomination

Stephen Fuhr runs unopposed as the party’s standard-bearer for the next federal election

Weekday weather update

The rain moves in right across the Okanagan-Shuswap valley

Recent jump in U.S. butter imports? All smooth, says Canadian dairy farmers

U.S. farmers recently enjoyed extra access to the Canadian market

Potential replacements for Phoenix pay system to start testing soon: Brison

Testing of prototypes to replace troubled federal pay system will begin within weeks

Nanaimo’s Tilray Inc. briefly the world’s largest cannabis company

The company, only listed in the US, nearly reached $300 in afternoon trading on Wednesday

Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart released from prison

Smart was 14 years old when she was snatched from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 by street preacher Brian David Mitchell

New York books editor out after backlash over Jian Ghomeshi essay

Ian Buruma, who was appointed as editor of the New York Review of Books in late 2017, no longer works for the publication

B.C. couple plans sustainable, zero-waste life in the Shuswap

Plan includes building a tiny house before the snow flies

Housing slowdown forecast to cool B.C. economy

Conference Board says pipeline, trade uncertainty affecting investment

B.C. hockey product eyes shot at Olympic spot with China

Fletcher is one of 24 who travelled to Shenzhen, China for the first official Olympic dev camp.

Most Read