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RCMP, peace officers watching for aggressive drivers in school zones

Joint enforcement operation conducted in Busby and Westlock on March 6

WESTLOCK - In response to concerns voiced by the community, members of the Westlock RCMP and the peace officers from the Town of Westlock and Westlock County have been watching out for aggressive drivers in school zones throughout the month of March.

A release from the RCMP states that on March 6, the joint enforcement team worked near Busby School throughout the morning and within the town of Westlock along 100 Street near the Rotary Spirit Centre.

As a result of this traffic blitz, RCMP and peace officers handed out four violation tickets relating to seatbelts and aggressive driving.

One person was on their cell phone and was warned verbally, while nine other drivers were issued written notices.

Westlock detachment commander Sgt. Jeff Sehn indicated that the RCMP were "pleasantly surprised" that during a mid-week day, the vast majority of the 500 to 600 motor vehicles checked by RCMP and peace officers were obeying the law.

"Westlock RCMP will continue to hit the roadways this spring and summer to ensure safety within our communities," said Sehn.

Incidentally, the Alberta Traffic Safety Act states that the speed limit in school and playground zones is 30 kilometres per hour, unless otherwise posted. It is prohibited to pass another vehicle travelling in the same direction when in these zones.

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