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More than 900 school zone tickets in just one month

Classes have only been in session for a month, but local police have been able to catch 840 drivers speeding through school zones.

Enforcement Services Sergeant Kelly Kokesch says drivers are five times more likely to crash when they’re heading just 10 kilometres an hour over the speed limits.

That’s not all, as 216 parking tickets were handed out, along with 61 for unsafe driving, all close to Grande Prairie schools.

Kokesch says they’ve seen drivers distracted by texting or talking on their phones, as well as watching kids in the backseat.

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He’s also encouraging parents to drop their children off further away from schools so students in crosswalks and bus loading zones can be better seen.

October’s focus will be on school zone parking concerns and seatbelt use.

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