Back to school road reminders

Students back in school, police enforcing school zones.

With summer winding down, the first signs of autumn are just around the corner.

One of those signs made an appearance Tuesday morning as thousands of youngsters across the province headed off for the first day of a new school year.

And with those youngsters caught up in the excitement of seeing classmates again comes a reminder for motorists.

Drivers are now asked to use extra caution when heading off to work.

The 30 kilometre-an-hour school zone speed limit is back in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. And caution should extend beyond just school zones.

Drivers are advised to leave a little extra time to reach their destination so they can slow down to keep an eye out for youngsters darting into the road. And if you see a vehicle stopped in front of you or the lane beside you, be prepared to stop as they may be yielding for a young pedestrian.

Parents dropping off children in a school zone should always allow them to exit onto the sidewalk side of the vehicle and never allow a child to cross mid-block.

Parents should also speak with younger children about the rules of the road.

Children should cross at intersections that have a pedestrian crossing light or marked crosswalk wherever possible. It is safer to walk on the inside edge of the sidewalk, away from traffic, and to walk facing traffic if there is no sidewalk so drivers are better able to see you.

Police across the province are once again out to enforce the school speed zones, with tickets ranging from $196 to $253, along with three penalty points. But a momentary lapse in judgment on the part of a driver can carry a far steeper cost, one that could haunt them for years to come.

–Saanich News

 

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