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HALIFAX, NS – As P-12 aged children return to schools across the province, the union representing school crossing guards in Nova Scotia’s two largest municipalities is reminding motorists to slow down in school zones.

CUPE Nova Scotia president Danny Cavanagh said, “Motorists need to realize that speed fines double in those school zones.  We’re simply asking everyone to slow down and pay attention.  That also means no talking on your cell phone, which is illegal anyway.”

Cavanagh said it was great to see the Minister of Transportation, Bill Estabrooks, out promoting this issue recently. “We certainly believe that a public awareness campaign is badly needed to help fix this problem. Our members who work in HRM and CBRM say it is a chronic problem that puts children in harm’s way.”

CUPE is also encouraging municipalities to take advantage of the offer from Minister Estabrooks for free road signs reminding motorists that “Speed Fines Double in School Zones”.

For more information, contact:

Danny Cavanagh 
CUPE NS president   
Cell: (902) 957-0822

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Representative
Tel: (902) 455-4180