EDMONTON – A driver was caught going four times the speed limit near an Edmonton elementary school on Nov. 4.
The city said the driver was clocked by automated enforcement near St. Richard Elementary School minutes before kindergarten dismissal time.
“A child struck at that speed has a zero per cent chance of surviving,” said Gerry Shimko, executive director of Traffic Safety.
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“A driver travelling 120 km/h needs 102 metres to stop, including 24 metres just to react and hit the brakes. That’s eight-and-a-half times the distance required to stop a vehicle which is travelling at the speed limit.”
A ticket for going more than 50 km/h over the speed limit can be several hundred dollars. The driver will also receive six demerit points for speeding more than 50 km/h over the speed limit, careless driving and racing.
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So far in 2015, automated enforcement has issued nearly 15,000 tickets for speeding in school zones.
In Edmonton, automated enforcement consists of intersection safety cameras, photo laser and photo radar.
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The city brought back 30 km/h school zone speed limits last fall, which are in effect near elementary schools on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.