School Zone Signs to Start Flashing Soon in Brampton

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It’s back-to-school season, and with the school year set to begin soon, you may be surprised to learn that there are very precise times that school zones signs flash, warning drivers that the speed limit is reduced to 40 kilometres per hour in certain areas. If you live or drive near a school, you may want to perk up your ears!

The City of Brampton is reminding drivers to be cautious of their speed in school zones, and a schedule has been released as to what times specific school zone signs will flash for the upcoming school year.

School is officially in session starting on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the day after Labour Day.

For the first two weeks of school, all school zone signs will flash from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. For those 10 hours of each weekday, speed limits will be reduced to 40 km/h in all school zones.

Typically, the posted limits for roads in school zones are either 50 or 60 km/h, so drivers are reminded to slow down.

Whether or not you’re in school, its important to be cautious of driving and walking in the area during school hours.

After September 15, there is a schedule for when the school zone signs will flash and reduce speed limits in each area.

For elementary and middle schools, the signs tend to flash during the morning while kids are headed to school, during a lunch hour or a recess window, and after school while kids are headed home. For some schools - mainly secondary schools - the signs flash all day, every day from Monday to Friday.

However, there are specific hours when the signs flash during the year, and it varies by school.

So, you’ll want to keep your eyes open and pay attention to those flashing signs starting September 5.

For the full list of 29 schools and the times where flashing school zone signs are activated in Brampton, click here.

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