School zones are in effect

Motorists are urged to slow down as classes resume Tuesday

It’s back to class for local motorists.

Residents are reminded that the 30-kilometre school zone will be back in force when classes resume Tuesday.

“Slow down and be especially alert in the residential neighbourhoods and school zones,” said Gord Molendyk, with the RCMP.

“Take extra time to look for kids on medians and on curbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours.”

School zone speed limits are in force from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

“When dropping off children in a school zone, stop and allow them to exit on the side of the car closest to the sidewalk,” said Molendyk.

“Never allow a child to cross mid-block. If a vehicle is stopped in front of you or in the lane next to you, they may be yielding for a pedestrian, so be prepared to stop.”

Remember that vehicles approaching from both directions must stop for school buses when their lights are flashing.

But not all of the safety advice is for drivers.

Children should cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old.

“They should cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks, never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars,” said Molendyk. “If your child is going to be riding the bus to school for the first time, be sure to talk about bus safety. Make sure they always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them.”

Children should remove their headphones and put away their phone  or MP3 player when crossing a street.

“Focus your full attention on the road so you can see, hear and respond safely,” said Molendyk.