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Burnaby cops nailed drivers with 120 tickets after roaring through this playground zone

A reminder that school is back in session Tuesday
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Local officers staked out the 30 km/h playground zone on Cariboo Road, just north of 10th Avenue and it was a mess.

School returns next week and based on what Burnaby RCMP traffic officers found a few days ago, a lot of kids will be in danger.

Local officers staked out the 30 km/h playground zone on Cariboo Road, just north of 10th Avenue and it was a mess.

In just a few hours, they issued a stunning 120 tickets for various offences.

This included:

  • 24 for speeding
  • 30 for defective vehicles
  • 17 for operating an unsafe vehicle.

That's, uh, something.

Schools being back in session on Tuesday means there will be more kids crossing near schools and playground areas.

The latest annual BCAA Back to School Driving Survey reveals that most British Columbians (68%) expect school zones to be more chaotic as people get used to new drop-off and pick-up routines. And nearly half (48%) believe that school zones will be more dangerous this year due to distracted driving, as many parents have more on their minds, adding worries about COVID-19 on top of the usual back to school rush.  

The BCAA Survey conducted by Insights West reveals significant concern that parents will be too distracted to drive safely in school zones when kids return to classrooms after Labour Day. Notably, of those surveyed, half (50%) say that parents will be more distracted than usual as they adjust to different work schedules and arrangements. With many parents currently working remotely, there’s more potential for distractions behind the wheel, like checking emails or taking a work call while driving.   

The BCAA Survey confirms that most British Columbians have become accustomed to seeing poor driving in school zones in pre-pandemic times, with 75% witnessing speeding, 59% seeing aggressive driving, and 68% noting parent drivers not stopping at marked crosswalks.

RCMP traffic enforcement officers also posted recently on Twitter about a truck with a trailer caught speeding through a different Burnaby playground zone.

Once stopped, it was inspected and found to have a whopping 16 violations for cargo, brakes, dangerous goods, insurance, weight, wrong class of driver’s licence and more. The vehicle was towed away for seven different violations.

This follows the Burnaby RCMP stopping a truck which rolled off of Highway 1 with its hazard lights on.

Police stopped it and found no working brake lights, no working turn signals and no working headlights. Plus dangerous goods that were not secured properly.

Um, yeah, no. You need turn signals, headlights and brake lights to operate a vehicle safely – especially one carrying “dangerous goods.”

Follow Chris Campbell on Twitter @shinebox44.