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Posted on: September 14, 2021

School Zone Safety

With children heading back to school, Red Deer County Protective Services would like to remind residents to slow down, drive safely and remember the below when travelling through school zones. 

When you approach a school sign, with a maximum speed posted with it, you are entering a school zone. You must not exceed the posted speed when the zone is in effect.

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In Red Deer County, school zones are in affect during (school days only):

  • 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

These hours may vary for different towns and cities according to municipal bylaws. If a municipality does establish times different from these, the times will be posted beneath the school sign. 

You are not permitted to pass or attempt to pass another vehicle travelling in the same direction within a school zone, when the zone is in effect. 

The speed limit for both urban and rural school zones is 30 km/h unless otherwise posted. A school zone ends where a traffic sign indicates: 

1. a higher maximum speed, or
2. the end of the school zone.  

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When you approach a school sign without a speed sign attached to it, you are entering a school area. This sign is to alert drivers that children may be walking or crossing the road and you must use caution when driving through the school area. 

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The school crosswalk sign alerts drivers to watch for pedestrians.


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