Amherst Police will be stepping up enforcement of speeds in the town's four school zones.
AMHERST – Amherst Police plan to focus on a school zone enforcement initiative in May that will closely examine speeding in those areas.
The public is reminded that the school zone speed limit is 30 km/h in areas where the approaching limit is 50 km/h.
The reduced speed limit is applicable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year when children are present in the school zone.
Nova Scotia defines “when children are present” as being: on the highway in the school zone, or outdoors within 30 metres of the highway in the school zone.
Exceeding the school zone speed limit by one to 15 km/h will cost motorists two points on their license and a fine of $348.95.
For speeds of 16 to 30 km/h over will cost three points on their license and a fine of $463.95 while 31 km/h or more will dock four points off a motorist’s license and a fine of $693.95.
Schools zones are designed to slow traffic down so that drivers are able to react to children darting in and out of roadways.
Amherst has four school zones including Spring Street Academy, West Highlands Elementary, E.B. Chandler Junior High and Amherst Regional High School.
The Amherst Police Department would like to remind all motorists to be especially mindful at this time of year as there tends to be higher pedestrian traffic during the warmer weather.