(Advocate file photo).

(Advocate file photo).

Red Deer motorists are urged to use caution and slow down in school zones

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.

Red Deer Public School

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