Police remind drivers to slow down as kids return to school

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Kids are back to school Thursday in the Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education and police are reminding drivers to be alert as roads are about to get busier.

During school hours, motorists must lower their speed and assume children are present.

If the posted speed limit is 50 km/h, motorists must slow to a maximum of 30 km/h.

Drivers must slow to a maximum of 50 km/h in school zones where the speed limit is higher.

Motorists are also reminded to approach crosswalks with caution as pedestrians have the right of way, and to always stop for school buses.

A first offence for speeding in a school zone can mean a fine of up to nearly $700, two to four demerit points on a driver's license, and a seven-day license suspension.