School Zones

How to adjust your driving around schools and playgrounds

School Zones

As a driver or motorcyclist, when you enter a school zone you’ll notice a traffic control device stating a lower speed limit at the beginning of a school zone and a greater speed limit at the end. In urban and rural areas, the speed is 30 km/h unless otherwise posted. Look out for these signs or flashing lights during the following times and obey the limits posted.

  • 8:00am – 9:30am
  • 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Playground ZonesThe lower speed limit posted is effective starting at 8:30am until one hour after sunset, seven days a week.

Driving Reminder: Don’t pass another vehicle in school or playground zone while the lower speed limit is in effect.

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Distracted Driving Law

What are you doing behind the wheel?

Did you know?
Effective January 1, 2016 the penalty for distracted driving in Alberta is a $287 fine and three demerit points. Any charges or convictions laid before January 1, 2016 will result in a $287 fine but no demerit points (regardless of whether the ticket is paid before or after January 1).

Illegal Driving Actions
Distracted Driving law applies to all motor vehicles on all roads in Alberta as defined by the Traffic Safety Act.

While you’re driving, you’re restricted from:

  • Using hand-held cell phones
  • Texting or e-mailing (even when stopped at red lights)
  • Using electronic devices like laptop computers, video games, cameras, video entertainment displays and programming portable audio players (e.g., MP3 players)
  • Entering information on GPS units
  • Reading printed materials
  • Writing, printing or sketching
  • Personal grooming (brushing and flossing teeth, putting on makeup, curling hair, clipping nails or shaving)

Know the Facts

  • Tickets for distracted driving are issued to the driver of the vehicle and not the registered owner.
  • Drivers engaged in any of the identified activities can be charged, even if their driving performance doesn’t appear to be affected
  • If a driver commits a moving violation while distracted, they would receive two tickets one for distracted driving and one for the moving violation
  • Drivers of emergency vehicles can use hand-held communication devices or other electronic devices only when acting within the scope of their employment

Want to learn more? Read the FAQs or click to learn more about demerits and how that affects GDL and Fully Licensed Drivers.

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Why Use The Learner’s Prep Kit App?

Many students (and individuals for whom English is a second language) struggle with how to study all the information in the Driver’s Handbook. When they fail the test, it is hard on their self-esteem, it is expensive and, in some cases, it interferes with their livelihood.

The Prep Kit app has a series of flash cards that summarize the Driver’s Handbook into smaller more manageable units of information.

The app allows people to instantly create “I know it” and “I don’t know it” sections. This shows them how well they know the information. Because people tend to keep reviewing what they already know and ignore what they don’t know, the app eliminates this problem and provides individuals with a clear idea of when they are ready to take the test.

On-line multiple choice tests are good for testing knowledge, but are not the most effective way to learn the material. The app is created so that people are able to recall the information rather than just recognize correct information. This results in better understanding of material and safer drivers.

When people are able to recall information it gets stored in the part of our brain that allows the information to be accessed more automatically leaving us free to perform higher level processing and decision making when dealing with driving situations.

Life is not a multiple-choice test. When someone approaches a traffic circle, they are not going to have answers a,b,c, or d flashing in their windshield. However, if they have good recall of how to navigate a traffic circle, they will be able to proceed confidently and can focus on other vital details including other drivers who may not be following the rules.
In addition to a condensed format for ease of learning, the Prep Kit apps have:

  • Study Tips
  • Definitions and explanations of unfamiliar terms
  • Clear graphics
  • Relevant video links
  • Links to practice tests