Wood Buffalo RCMP release back-to-school safety tips

Kids are now back to school full time and that means an increase in both pedestrian traffic and more parents on the road driving their children to class.

Wood Buffalo RCMP has released a list of safety tips to help make this school year as safe as possible:

  • School and playground speed zones are in effect.
  • School zones are 30 km/h, and are in effect every school day from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Slow speeds are there for everyone’s safety, as slower speeds improve your reaction time.
  • When a school bus is flashing its alternating red lights, stop and do not pass. Children may be on or off-loading, which means they may cross the road.
  • Share the road with cyclists. Be patient when following and provide extra space when passing cyclists.
  • When pedestrians are crossing the street, come to a complete stop and do not block the crosswalk with your vehicle. Ensure pedestrians have cleared the road before proceeding
  • Do not park within 10 meters of either side of a crosswalk. This pocket of space allows children and drivers to see each other and increases safety.
  • Always follow the direction of crossing guards. Crossing guards are there to keep children safe.
  • Kids can easily become distracted and unaware of their surroundings. Keep your eyes up and watch for children, especially during school operating hours.
  • Drivers are reminded to slow down, be alert and make safe choices.

Following these safety tips can help to ensure that everyone makes it home safe this 2022-23 school year.

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