Few people are more vulnerable in traffic than pedestrian school children trying to negotiate school zones populated by distracted drivers who speed along without thought to the havoc they have the potential to wreak.
A particularly sad fact is that some of the worst and most common offenders of school zone speed limits are parents who find themselves in a hurry to drop off their own kids before hurrying off to work.
It doesn't take much to knock down a little kid, especially when you have a thousand kilograms or so of self-powered plastic and metal to help you do the job.
And the difference that just a few kilometres per hour make when a distracted driver - or a distracted school child - spirals towards tragedy is quite astounding.
An American study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that
pedestrian collisions with vehicle speeds at less than 20 miles per hour (30 km/h) result in serious injury or fatality in less than 20 per cent of cases.
Up that speed to just 35 mph (55 km/h) and most of the kids hit will be killed or incapacitated.
Any faster than that, and the numbers become downright appalling.
Add to that the increased likelihood of hitting a pedestrian as speeds increase and reaction times decrease in the atmosphere of mayhem that surrounds schools during the school's-in and school's-out periods, and it becomes clear that speeding in school zones should not - cannot - be tolerated.
The BC Liberals appear to remain committed to their politically popular - but strategically questionable - decision to axe photo radar in 2001.
But the Union of B.C. Municipalities has a strong case for bringing it back, if only in school zones.
We have to ask ourselves if a child's life is worth less than the inconvenience of a speeding ticket arriving in the mail.
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