Playground and school zones
School zone and playground zone speed limits are 30 km/h during set times. Help keep everyone safe: obey all speed limits and watch for children crossing.
As of September 2018, all school zones in Strathcona County are in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on school days.
Playground zones remain unchanged at 30 km/h and are in effect daily starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending one hour after sunset.
Why 30 km/h?
A pedestrian struck by a car traveling at 50 km/h is eight times more likely to be killed than a pedestrian struck at 30 km/h.
This change reflects the need to drive with care when children are at school. All-day zones reduce driver confusion around effective hours. These changes will also provide reduced speed limits on early dismissal days and for rural schools with earlier start and dismissal times.
- Watch for school safety patrollers and stop as directed.
- Watch for kids between parked vehicles and on the sidewalk.
- Use caution when approaching intersections or mid-block crosswalks. Parked or stopped vehicles may hide a pedestrian crossing the road.
- Do not park within five metres of a crosswalk, whether marked or unmarked.
Driving tips around school buses
- Alternating flashing yellow or amber lights mean a bus is slowing down to stop. Do the same.
- When approaching a school bus with red lights flashing, you must stop! The fine for passing a school bus with its red lights flashing is $567 and six demerit points.
- School buses use the flashing red lights and stop signs in rural areas of Strathcona County, including residential estate areas such as Balmoral and Sherwood Park Golf Course.
- Always watch for children crossing roads. Prepare to slow down and stop.