Back to School Safety Tips from Ridge Meadows RCMP
We all play a part in keeping everyone, especially our children, safe while they travel to school. Whether they walk, ride a bike, or get to school by car there are several safety tips everyone needs to practice.
Drivers should always
- Watch your speed. A 30km/h speed limit is in effect in school zones from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. when school's in session and in playground areas from dusk until dark, unless otherwise posted.
- Be patient. Drop off your child close to the sidewalk. Don't let them dash from the middle of the road.
- Know the law. Always yield to pedestrians and stop for school buses when their lights are flashing.
Parents can set a good example by
- Look left-right-left and shoulder check before crossing. Make eye contact with drivers and keep looking for approaching vehicles while crossing.
- Listen. Remove your headphones so you can hear approaching traffic that may be hard to see.
- Be seen. Wear reflective materials or bright clothes and use lights after dark.
Walk on the inside edge of the sidewalk away from the road. If there's no sidewalk - walk facing oncoming traffic, so you can see approaching vehicles.
Students need to
- Ensure your child knows the walking route. Review street names and landmarks while walking together.
- Ask your child if they know what traffic signs mean, and how to use marked crosswalks or crossing at lights and intersections.
- Create a game to encourage your child to follow your footsteps.