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School Area Signs

What are they?

School Area signs are regulatory pentagon-shaped signs that may be used in advance of a school ground.

SCHOOL ZONE     

 

What are the issues?

 

Beginning September 1st, 2012, new provincial legislation went into effect regarding school area speed limits in Nova Scotia:

1. Where the posted speed limit immediately prior to entering the school area is 50 km/h, motorists will now be required to reduce speed to 30 km/h, when children are present in the school area.  The end of the school area will be marked with an “END SCHOOL AREA” sign.

end school area


2. Where the posted speed limit immediately prior to entering the school area is greater than 50 km/h, motorists will continue to be required to reduce speed to 50 km/h, when children are present in the school area. 

 

NOTE: SCHOOL ZONE SPEED LIMITS ARE IN EFFECT 24 HOURS PER DAY, 7 DAYS PER WEEK, 365 DAYS PER YEAR IF A CHILD IS PRESENT WITHIN THE ZONE, OUTDOORS, AND WITHIN 30 METRES OF THE CENTRELINE OF THE ROAD.

 

When are they used?

 

The School Area sign may be used in advance of a school ground to provide advance warning to motorists that they are approaching an area where children walk along or may cross the roadway and that the driver should exercise caution when proceeding through these areas.

Generally, the School Area sign should be erected only where the school property abuts a street or highway. The zone should designate the area where the majority of children will be walking along and/or crossing the roadway. Therefore, it is important that the signs are located within a reasonable distance from the school ground.