Harsh fines for motorists who don't respect school zones in Edmundston

The Edmundston Police Force is reminding motorists of the importance of respecting the different traffic laws in place for school zones.

School zones are marked by flashing yellow signs for all schools, and the speed limit is reduced to 30 km/h.

Those who disobey the reduced speed limit, fail to give priority to a pedestrian at a crosswalk or who disobey a school crossing guard's signal are subject to fines under the Motor Vehicle Act.

In a press release, police say fines are doubled in school zones, with fines ranging from $340.50 up to $580.50 and the loss of aptitude points on the drivers' license.

Police also say they will be conducting traffic enforcement in school zones to ensure the safety of students who use school bus services or who walk to school.

In addition to traffic enforcement, police plan to put officers aboard school buses to help identify motorists who have the potential to jeopardize the safety of students.

This operation is in collaboration of the District scolaire francophone du Nord-Ouest as well as Saint-Mary's Academy.