Back-to-school traffic light as police step up patrols in school zones

Staggered school entry meant less vehicle and foot traffic

The first day of school was a little light in vehicle and foot traffic as the public and catholic boards in Simcoe County have opted for staggered entries.

South Simcoe Police reported light traffic in school zones Tuesday morning. Spokesperson Sue Sgambati said the All Hands on Deck campaign resulted in a number of cautions and some speeding tickets. One driver told police they did not know they were speeding because “they were having a conversation.” Police said the campaign is to provide education and enforcement. Final numbers are not yet available.

Barrie Police reported no problems in school safety zones Tuesday morning.

Spokesman Peter Leon said the staggered entries mean not all kids are starting the school year on the same day. He said this meant less traffic in school zones and fewer parents dropping off their children.

He expects the increased enforcement will be extended into next week.