Get Prepared for Back to School Safety!
Parents everywhere are already starting to exclaim… It’s
back to school time!
As schools and classrooms get prepared for the students, you
should expect traffic to get a little heavier on our streets. Summer holidays
are all but over and school buses are returning to their regular routes.
These safety tips will help keep everyone safe.
1) Observe School Safety Zones
It’s very easy for children to get distracted crossing the
road on their way to and from school. Slowing down and being vigilant is important
to keeping kids safe. Children are excited to their friends and may not be
thinking about the rules of the roads.
2) Obey the Crossing Guard
Crossing guards are usually volunteers and are there to keep
children safe. Even if the traffic lights change, you should always follow the crossing
guard’s direction and not the traffic light. There might be a child still
crossing the street that you can’t see.
3) Watch for Darting Children
Kids are small and can become easily distracted, and for
drivers, this can create dangerous situations on the roads. Be mindful and
alert behind the wheel. You never know when a small child might step out from
between parked cars or off a sidewalk. Your quick reflexes might be needed to
prevent an accident.
4) School Buses
Most accidents take place outside the bus. Make sure
children get to the bus stop too early where they can wander or get into
mischief. Make sure children wait well back from the road and stay back until
the school bus makes a full stop and the doors open. Explain that they must
walk at least three metres (10 feet) away when crossing in front of the bus so
the driver can see them. When driving your car near a school bus please note
that extra caution is always needed. Never pass a school bus when the lights
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