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Transportation

Busing provided to Strategies students (depending on home address), Rosenthal and Stewart Greens students only. 

Traffic & Safety

Police have advised that during enforcement in the 2012/2013 school year, it became apparent that unlike the common presumption, not all violators are doing so out of impatience and/or recklessness.  Truly, some people are just unaware of safety issues their actions create. You are receiving this letter as you have a child who attends our school.  This information is being provided in hopes of helping educate the parents of our children, and help encourage safe practices, so that each and every one of you can assist in making our school and our children safer.

Below are some of the more common issues that we face, and the fines that accompany the violation.  We are hoping that by providing this educational information we may be helping drivers and parents avoid receiving some heavy fines and maybe even promote safer driving practices. 

We are advised that the Edmonton Police Service will be doing their best to attend our school to help, through enforcement, create a safer environment for our children and our community.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility.  Please do your part to ensure our children are here to help shape and guide our future.

Jaywalking

Jaywalking is dangerous for you, and dangerous for your children.  Everyone believes they are going to do it “safely”… collisions with pedestrians in the City of Edmonton proves this to not to be true.  In 2012, there were 329 collisions involving pedestrians, with 9 fatalities.  In 2013 there have been 227 collisions involving pedestrians, and 7 fatalities so far. 

As well, jaywalking with our children teaches them bad habits that they will likely use when parents are not with them. Please do not park your vehicle across the street, and then just run across to the front doors because “it is faster”.  If you don’t feel comfortable dropping your children off at the front doors, please do the responsible thing and park your car and then cross the road at a crosswalk.  If you cross the road not at a crosswalk with your child, you can be issued a ticket for each person that you are responsible for.

City of Edmonton Bylaw 5590 - Section 59 (1) A pedestrian shall not cross, or attempt to cross, from one side of a roadway to another at any point other than within a crosswalk.

Fine: $250 per person 

 

U-Turn

This may be one of the most misunderstood laws in the country.  Where are U-Turns legal? Where are they not legal?  Section 30 of the Traffic Safety Act – Use of the Highway & Rules of the Road states that you cannot do a u-turn:

  • on a roadway between intersections;
  • at an alley intersection;
  • at an intersection controlled by a traffic control signal (traffic lights); or,
  • at a place where a sign prohibits making a U-turn.

Fine: $115

 

Illegal Parking

The parking areas directly in front of our schools are signed so as to create the safest area for students, school buses, and drivers.  Failure to follow the directions of the signs increases the jeopardy for all.  If you must escort your children to their room, please park away from the front, and walk them to the school. 

Some common Bylaw 5590 parking violations that will be strictly enforced are below:

Section

Parking Offence

Fine

s30

Park In No Parking Zone

75.00

s31

Stop in No Stopping zone

75.00

s32

Park in any location identified for use by a particular class of vehicle - School Bus Parking Only

75.00

s38

Park over time allowed

50.00

s27

Park in Passenger Loading Zone longer than time permitted

50.00

s5(b)

Park w/in 5m of near side of crosswalk

50.00

s33

Park in Emergency Access Zone

150.00

s34

Park In Handicap Zone Without Placard Displayed

250.00

 

Speeding

Speeding is the single most reported complaint by teachers, parents, and even non-parent members of the community.  The City of Edmonton has only one designated school zone which falls under the Provincial School Zone Legislation (HorseHillSchool) restricting speed to 30 km/h.  As such, in all other school areas, speed limits are as posted, or 50 km/h where not posted.  Caution should still be foremost on your mind when driving by, or near, a school zone.  Whether you are speeding or not; whether a child is “jaywalking” or not; if you are in a collision and/or strike a child… you are going to be late for wherever you were going.  Very late.  We all understand that people are on tight schedules these days.  “Time is money” they say.  Slowing down to travel through a school area will only add tenths of seconds to your travel. A collision investigation, especially where a person is severely injured, will add hours. A fine from a collision can be paid off quickly, however the guilt usually lasts considerably longer.