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The new limits will apply to areas around 45 local elementary schools, including all public, Catholic and private elementary schools.

New speed limits in school zones about to kick in

New speed limit signs will start popping up all over the city this month, as the city begins implementing new reduced speed limits in elementary school zones.
“While we acknowledge that the primary function of the roadway is to move traffic, the reduced speed limits reinforce the need to reduce speed and watch for pedestrians,” city manager of traffic and parking Allister McILveen said in a news release.The speed limits in school zones on arterial roads will be reduced to 40 kilometres per hour on school days between 8 and 9 a.m. and between 3 and 4 p.m. School zones on collector and local roads will be reduced to 30 km/h at all times, the release said.
The new speed limits will go into effect as the signs are installed, with the limit enforceable by police when a sign has been unveiled.
“As a community we all share a responsibility to ensure the safety of our children, youth and crossing guards,” Guelph Police Chief Bryan Larkin said in the release. “Starting in April, the Guelph Police Service will enhance our school zone enforcement as part of a road safety campaign that will focus on ensuring motorists obey the new reduced speed limits while promoting safe driving.”
With a city council-approved budget of $210,000, the sign installation is to begin this month and should be completed by the end of May, the release said.
The new limits will apply to areas around 45 local elementary schools, including all public, Catholic and private elementary schools, it said.
“School zones across the city have been venues of escalating congestion and activity for students and the public,”  Don Drone, director of education at the Catholic school board, said in the release. “This initiative by the City of Guelph is a welcome measure to reduce risk and enhance the safety of everyone associated with these particular areas of concern.”

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