With classes  back in full swing, the Campbell River RCMP is reminding drivers to pay attention and slow down.

Most school zones in Campbell River are marked for 30km/hr from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Const. Maury Tyre says weather also comes into play.

“Drivers are also reminded to adjust their habits accordingly to the weather conditions, whatever they may be,” Tyre said.

“Fog and smoke have a terrible effect on visibility and when we do get frost, stopping distances become unreliable on the icy roads.”

Tyre added that it’s not just pedestrians that drivers should watch out for.

“People may often be in a rush to drop kids off at school in the mornings, but it’s important to check mirrors before you swing open a door and take out a cyclist,” he said. “It’s so dangerous in fact that there is an offence under the Motor Vehicle Act for unsafe opening of doors.”

Tyre added that playgrounds are also close to being back to normal.

He points out that playground zone speed limits are in effect seven days a week from dawn until dusk.