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With a new school year about to start, CUPE local 761, representing Crossing Guards throughout Cape Breton Regional Municipality, and CUPE local 4814, representing Crossing Guards throughout Halifax Regional Municipality, are reminding all motorists to be extra careful when travelling through school zones.

Local 761 President Bill Simpson and Local 4814 President Glenna Casavechia say that, “school children are coming back from their summer vacations and are anxious to see their friends again. They may not be paying as much attention to traffic as they should, so we’re asking the public to be attentive and extra careful when driving through school areas.”

They would also like to remind drivers that starting this Saturday, the speed limit in designated school zones has been reduced to 30 km/h. This applies to streets that currently have a 50 km/h speed limit. “And don’t forget, speeding in schools zones results in double the fine,” says Casavechia.

Simpson asks that as, “you’re travelling about on your daily routine, I encourage you to drive slow and watch out for children, because they may not be watching out for you.”

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