Harrison elementary school has finally been granted a school zone along the highway.
It’s a decision designed to keep children safe, and possibly save lives. It should be noted that it’s not easy to get a highway speed reduced for any reason, even a school. Because of that, this is a change to applauded.
But it seems it’s being ignored.
Judging by the number of violations local RCMP were able to catch over a short two-day period, it’s possible some people simply haven’t noticed the new signs on their daily drive. (See page 2 for story).
Sure, it takes a while to adjust to anything new, and old driving habits are hard to break. But that school has long been sitting along that highway, so the fact that children are milling about shouldn’t shock any driver.
And to snag 40 drivers speeding in a school zone over two school days, during school hours suggests that it’s most definitely not a problem caused by visiting tourists.
This is exactly what Speed Watch volunteers have noted in the past, when monitoring that same area. It is most often local people cruising through there, on their way to work early in the morning.
So here’s an idea. Slow down. Leave a few minutes earlier.
The world will not end if you arrive to your destination two minutes late. There’s no reward for getting to the next stop sign 15 seconds faster than the guy behind you.
Relax. Enjoy the beautiful drive, and help our local kids get to school and home again safely.