HRM Partners in Policing are asking motorists to exercise caution and patience as they adjust to post-summer increased traffic volume.
With summer vacations coming to an end, the roads in HRM have increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic volume. Motorists should expect their commute to take longer than it did in the summer and should plan accordingly so they don’t feel rushed. There will also be an increase in pedestrian traffic with students returning to school. Motorists should watch for people crossing the street and are reminded that every intersection is a crosswalk whether marked or unmarked. Pedestrians are encouraged to cross the roads at proper intersections, utilize any available safety equipment and to obey traffic signals.
Effective September 1, the speed limit in school zones will be reduced to 30 km/h in areas where the approaching limit is 50 km/h, when children are present (outdoors, within 30 metres of the centre line of the roadway). Motorists are also reminded that when a school bus is displaying its flashing red lights, they must stop in both directions regardless of the number of lanes of traffic.
Please do your part to ensure our roads are safe this week and for the rest of the school year.