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AHS Paramedics helping to remind drivers of school zones next week

Speed limits in school zones around Grande Prairie are officially going into effect next Tuesday as the kids head back.

Alberta Health Services’ team of Paramedics will be helping remind drivers to slow down.

Public Information Officer JoAnn Cazakoff says their ambulances will be parked with their lights on in school zones around the city during the early morning rush.

“The intention is that people see it, and think ‘Oh, an emergency! Okay, what’s my speed at, am I talking on my phone, am I distracted, am I aware of my surroundings, am I paying attention to the road?’ And if we can make people take those few extra seconds to think about their behaviours when they see an ambulance, then we’ve done our job.”

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As of Tuesday morning, speeds in school zones will be reduced to 30 kilometers an hour.

Last year more than 500 tickets were handed out in school zones during the first two weeks of September.

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