Station 1 teams up with St. Edmund’s Elementary for back to school radar op

Courtesy tickets given to most drivers exceeding 30 km/h school zone

By Kevin Woodhouse

As a way to sensitize motorists that the summer holidays are over and back to school is in full swing, officers at Station 1 teamed up with some special officers last Thursday to take part in a unique style of radar operation.

The special officers in question were students from St. Edmund’s Elementary who were handing out tickets to motorists exceeding the posted 30 km/h in their school zone.

Station 1 Commander Richard Thouin was on site and told The Suburban that “this is a reminder to people who have been away on vacation all summer that the kids are back with lots of energy so it is important for drivers to be vigilant on the roads.

“It’s back to business for kids and we want to do more than just give out tickets but to sensitize parents in the area that they need to be cautious too,” Thouin said.

While most drivers who had exceeded the speed limit and pulled over by officers received a gentle reminder from the students to drive slower and safer, one motorist was clocked on the radar as going 61 km/h, double the speed limit. The driver received a $105 ticket as well as losing two demerit points.

All in all during last Thursday morning’s radar operation, the special officers handed out nine courtesy tickets and members of Station 1 gave out three real ones in just over an hour’s time.

“Drivers need to think of safety first,” said 11-year-old Ella Skye Fodor who took part in the morning’s operation. “If you’re in a rush, then slow down or leave earlier for work.”

Grade 6 student John Argento said that students should also watch themselves while walking and “to look both ways before crossing the street.”

And while the special officers retired to their classes, officers from Station 1 will be conducting school zone radar operations throughout their territory.

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