As students head back to school on Thursday, motorists are being urged to take extra care around schools and playground zones, and to obey the posted speed limit of 30 km/h.
Carrie Herrick-Fitzgerald, Supervisor of the Alberta Motor Association School Safety Patrol program, said caution is needed from drivers year-round, but especially during the back-to-school period.
“This is when our communities see a significant increase in both traffic volume and pedestrian distraction,” said Herrick-Fitzgerald. “Our student patrollers may be safety leaders at the crosswalk, but we all have a part to play in planning ahead, showing courtesy, slowing down and staying focused.”
Tips from the AMA School Safety Patrol:
• Consider leaving home earlier avoid getting caught up in the traffic rush. During drop-off/pick-up times, it can be quicker and easier to park a block away and walk your children safely to school.
• Instead of driving, prepare your children to use other forms of active transportation (e.g. walking, cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading), and test out the route to school with them ahead of time.
• Look out for AMA School Safety Patrol teams that are returning to crosswalks this week. It’s everyone’s responsibility to show courtesy, slow down and stay focused around school zones.
• Be extra cautious when passing school buses and blind spots.
• Teach your children to be aware of their surroundings and to avoid distractions. They should always make eye contact with stopped drivers to ensure safe road crossing.