Study Guide: Playground Zone

playground zones in Alberta are designated areas where special speed limits are enforced to enhance the safety of children in and around playgrounds. These zones are established to reduce the risk of accidents and protect children who may be playing in the vicinity. The rules regarding playground zones are governed by provincial legislation and may be subject to change, so it is crucial to refer to the most recent Alberta Driver’s Guide or consult local authorities for the latest information.

Typically, the key features of playground zones include reduced speed limits during specific hours. In Alberta, the standard speed limit within a playground zone is 30 kilometers per hour (km/h). This reduced speed limit is in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., seven days a week, unless otherwise posted. The extended hours compared to some other jurisdictions are intended to account for the longer daylight hours in Alberta.

Drivers entering a playground zone must be vigilant and adhere to the posted speed limits during the specified hours. Failing to do so can result in fines and penalties. It’s important to watch for signage indicating the beginning and end of playground zones, as well as any additional instructions or exceptions.

Enforcement of playground zone speed limits is a priority for local law enforcement to ensure the safety of children. Motorists are urged to exercise caution, especially in residential areas and near schools, where playground zones are often located. The purpose of these zones is to create a safer environment for children by encouraging drivers to reduce their speed and remain attentive to their surroundings, particularly in areas where children may be at play.

As regulations and guidelines can evolve, it is recommended to consult the most recent sources, such as the Alberta Driver’s Guide or local traffic authorities, for the latest and most accurate information regarding playground zones in the province.



2Playground zone speed limits differ in other Canadian provinces. If you’re driving outside of Alberta and the speed limit is different from 30 kilometers an hour, then a sign with the proper speed limit will be posted.

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