School Zone Safety Blitz
October 31, 2014 / For Immediate Release
AIRDRIE, AB – From September 29 to October 10, Airdrie Municipal Enforcement and RCMP officers performed an enforcement campaign with the intent to educate drivers about safety in school zones.
Following 55 hours of patrols, Municipal Enforcement and the RCMP handed out 43 citations and gave out many warnings.
“Officers found the majority of traffic infractions involved improperly parked vehicles when dropping off and picking kids up as well as illegal traffic turns,” says Darryl Poburan, Manager, Municipal Enforcement.
The morning and afternoon congestion during pick up and drop off times prevented drivers from speeding. However, speeding was a factor once congestion had cleared.
“Traffic enforcement operations are not about exacting penalties on drivers, they are about reinforcing safe driving practices and ensuring everyone arrives home safe," says Cst. Jason Curtis, Airdrie RCMP Media Liaison
Municipal Enforcement and the RCMP will continue to patrol school zones and perform enforcement through the school year.
In November, Municipal Enforcement and the RCMP will bring forward to Council a new three-year Traffic Safety Plan to replace the current plan which expires at the end of this year. The plan will propose prioritized initiatives to improve traffic safety including intersection safety, traffic control, speed management, impaired drivers, distracted drivers, school ground patrols along with several more initiatives.
“I urge everyone to do their part and be responsible when driving in Airdrie,” says Poburan. “The safety of our kids and our community depends on you.”
Darryl Poburan Cst. Jason Curtis
Municipal Enforcement Airdrie RCMP Media Liaison