Kamloops Mounties have clocked more than 350 drivers speeding through the new Westsyde elementary school zone since the start of the school year, police say.
After being shuttered for 13 years, the school at 3550 Westsyde Rd. welcomed about 175 students in September — but according to police drivers don’t seem to be slowing down in the area.
Police were in the area on Sept. 22 and Oct. 17, catching 57 motorists driving through at more than 20 km/h over the 30 km/h speed limit.
In total, 27 speeding tickets were issued. On Sept. 22, speed watch visited the area from 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. when students were leaving the school.
Out of 365 vehicles that passed through, more than 200 were driving faster than the posted school zone limit. Of those vehicles, 125 were driving between one and 10km/h over the speed limit, 45 were driving 11 to 20 km/h, 32 vehicles were doing between 21 and 30 km/h over the speed limit, 18 were at 31 to 40 km/h and four drivers were speeding in excess of 41 km/h too fast.
Officers issued 20 violation tickets for speeding that day.
On Oct. 17, 331 vehicles were recorded driving through the area — nearly half of which were speeding. There were 107 vehicles driving between one and 10 km/h over the speed limit, 19 doing 11 to 20 km/h more, three driving 21 to 30 km/h over the speed limit and 10 driving between 31 and 40 km/h over the 30 km/h speed limit.
Police issued seven violation tickets for speeding.