During the month of September police officers, special constables and auxiliary officers from the Cobourg Police Service will be conducting traffic enforcement for speeding infractions, in school and community safety zones and a part of the Selected Traffic Enforcement Project (S.T.E.P.). They will be on alert making sure people are using proper crosswalks, vehicles are parking in permitted zones, and the school year is off to a good start with everyone being safe.
Cobourg community members are also reminded to stay vigilant when parking cars. Cobourg police say that people parking their cars to drop off children can be quite dangerous if they’re parking on the street in a no parking zone.
“Even if it’s just for a short time to drop off a child, you’re still blocking people’s ability to see other cars as they cross the street, and that’s a real concern,” says Constable Frank Francella.
Most importantly the Cobourg police want to remind people of the speed limit in school zones and it should always be taken seriously, especially in the first couple of months of school being back in. He says people tend to get complacent after a few weeks of school being back in progress and the speed limits gradually start to make their way up.
Motorists and pedestrians should be aware of the following:
- Observe the posted speed limits School Zones and Community Safety Zones;
- Expect the Unexpected;
- Plan ahead and be alert;
- Always stop for a school bus when signals are flashing;
- Obey the school crossing guard at all times;
- No parking and no stopping zones;
- Pedestrian Visibility; and
- Parents / Guardians, please remind your children about the traffic safety rules and school bus etiquette.
Keep in mind, that younger children often have limited experience with traffic and lack the skills to negotiate traffic safely, often walking between parked motor vehicles or running across roads / streets. Motorists are reminded to slow down while in the zones, for all pedestrians and other motor vehicles using the area sidewalks, roadways and streets.
This year let’s try to travel safe, keep the roadways safe, and keep our children safe.