School Zone Speed Limit
30 km/h between 8am and 4:30pm on school days where school zone signs are posted
The lower speed limit improves safety around elementary schools and protects young children, our most vulnerable road users.
Why is it important to slow down around schools?
Stopping Distances - Ideal Conditions
- When the roads are wet or icy, you need 5 extra meters at 30 km/h and 10 extra meters at 50 km/h in order to stop safely
When children are struck by vehicles, their injuries often result in life threatening or permanent damage. The faster a vehicle is moving, the greater the impact and the more devastating the results.
- Children aged 5 to 14 years are at the greatest risk for pedestrian-related deaths
- Children aged 10 to 14 years have the highest incidence of pedestrian-related injuries
- The most common action that results in injury or death of a child is crossing at an intersection
Does 30 km/h Make a Difference?
Since the implementation of school zones at elementary schools, collisions have been reduced by 13%. Injuries and fatalities in school zones have been reduced by 42% and injuries to pedestrians and cyclists have gone down by 63%.
Streets around schools are often very congested with parents dropping off their children, and the number and size of vehicles might mean you don’t see kids trying to cross the street.
- Young children may dart out from in between vehicles unexpectedly, so use extra caution particularly during drop off and pick up times
- Speed limits are strictly enforced by both the Edmonton Police Service and the City of Edmonton’s Office of Traffic Safety
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