Back to School Safety Tips from Ridge Meadows RCMP

September 2, 2016

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.

Never jaywalk.

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.