More Guelph police will be deployed for the first week of school

Students return to cla*s for the start of the school year.

The Guelph Police Service will ensure the first day of school and the remainder of the first month of the school year are safe. They are participating in a few safety campaigns this week.

One of them is the safe return to school, during which police will patrol school zones during the month of September in an effort to improve public safety. Officers will conduct targeted enforcement operations and educate the public about laws surrounding school zones.

“We will remind motorists that the speed limit in school zones is 30 km/h,” said Staff Sergeant Mike Davis.

“Another reminder is that when a school crossing guard has a stop sign, the vehicle must stop and cannot move until the school crossing guard clears the roadway.

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The campaign will not only focus on motorists but also on pedestrians and their responsibilities for road safety.

“The reason we’re really targeting back-to-school is because it’s a novelty for many students to walk to school,” Davis said.

“Sometimes it is appropriate (for parents) to stop in a nearby street and let their children walk the rest of the way. It really helps to relieve the schools. »

The other campaign is the Safe Semester Project which runs from September 7-23. It involves the closure of Macdonell Street between Wyndham Street and Carden Street, and of Wyndham between Cork Street and Carden on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Again, additional police, as well as by-law officers, will be deployed during these times.

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