June 10, 2014 8:16 am

Flashing signs installed in Saskatoon school zone as pilot project

Working to improve pedestrian safety in school zones, the City of Saskatoon has launched a pilot project.

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SASKATOON – A new pilot project is aiming to get drivers to slow down in school zones.

On Monday, flashing signs were installed on Clarence Avenue between 3rd and 5th Streets for elementary students at École Canadienne-Française.

The technology aims to reduce speeding and improve pedestrian safety.

Angela Gardiner, the city’s director of transportation, said the lights are another step to alert drivers to slow down to 30 kilometres per hour and is effective.

The penalty for speeding in school zones is a fine and three SGI demerit points.

According to Saskatoon police, there were 1,631 tickets handed out in school zones from January to the end of May. During that same period in 2013, 2,150 tickets were issued.

School zones are in effect 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday from Sept. 1 until June 30, including statutory and school holidays.

The pilot project will last until June 20.

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