Police remind drivers to be cautious around school zones
2021-04-12 08:06 PDT
File # 2021
Motor vehicle collisions are the number one cause of injury or death among children. 6 students are killed and 380 students are injured in collisions each year in BC, while walking or cycling. (ICBC)
Did you know?
- When children see an approaching car, they first notice the colour - not how fast the vehicle is traveling.
- A child’s field of vision is one-third narrower than an adult’s.
- Most pedestrian traffic injuries happen to five to nine-year-olds in mid-block crossings, and to 10 to 14-year-olds at intersections.
General tips for motorists around schools include:
- Slow down
- Be especially careful when driving on neighborhood streets and around school zones, always expect the unexpected.
- Every school day, unless otherwise posted, a 30km/h speed limit is in effect in school zones from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Be alert for youngsters walking to and from school as you back out of your driveway or leave your parking garage.
- We want school children to be safe. Watch for them on bicycles, especially at intersections and driveways. Young bicyclists have a tendency to dart out of driveways without looking for traffic.
- If you decide to meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can get so excited at seeing you after school they might forget safety rules and dash across the street.
Cst. Alex BérubéMedia Relations Officer
West Shore RCMP
www.westshore.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
698 Atkins Avenue, Victoria, BC V9B 3A4
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