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Saanich police school speeders

Sep 06 2012
Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen: "We're pleased that there were no excessive speeders." 

Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen: "We're pleased that there were no excessive speeders."

Photograph by: Bruce Stotesbury, Times Colonist , Times Colonist

A speed check set up by Saanich police Wednesday showed that some people are still learning the hard way about slowing down in school zones.

Police were at Cedar Hill Middle School, on Cedar Hill Road, for about 90 minutes in the midafternoon, said Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen. Overall, he said officers were happy with the level of compliance they saw.

"We're pleased that there were no excessive speeders," Jantzen said. "We were doing really well there for a while with no tickets handed out, and then it kind of hit hard at the end and we got five traffic tickets."

Three marginal offenders got off with warnings.

Normally, a busy thoroughfare like Cedar Hill Road can have more of an issue with speeders, Jantzen said.

A ticket for exceeding 30 kilometres per hour in a school zone starts at $196 and can go up as a driver's speed increases. One driver Wednesday was issued a $230 ticket for travelling almost double the speed limit, Jantzen said.

Saanich police will conduct regular school-zone checks until the end of September and will continue to monitor beyond that, he said.

"We'll pop up in different areas at different times."

Police will also be patrolling school-bus routes to ensure drivers come to a stop whenever a bus has its red lights flashing.

"These are all of our children," Jantzen said. "That's why we're out there."

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