School zone speed limits in the summer

Aug 13, 2013 1 minute read

During the school year, drivers are required to slow down in designated school zones.  But what should you do in the summer months when school is out?

Unless posted otherwise, you should still drive the speed limit posted throughout the year. Many schools have playgrounds onsite or host outdoor events and activities in the school yard, meaning more parents and children are out during the summertime.  This also means drivers need to be paying closer attention.

Depending on the province and city or town, school zone speed limits range from 20 to 30 kilometres per hour.  Signage is always posted to clearly identify the beginning and end of a school zone.

Drivers caught speeding in a designated school zone may face fines and penalties, which will also affect your auto insurance. The more fines and demerits on your record, the more you could pay for car insurance.

The risks of speeding outweigh the rewards and extend beyond just financial implications. Drivers have a responsibility to be cautious and fully aware of their surroundings while on the road.

To learn more about speed limits and the demerit point system, visit the Alberta Ministry of Transportation or the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

Stay safe on the roads, especially in designated school and playground zones.