Alberta RCMP are reminding the public that schools are back in session this week which means school zones are in effect.
Drivers are reminded to be aware that there will be an increase in pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicle traffic on the roads and walkways through cities with local schools.
“Road safety is a shared responsibility. Do your part this back to school season to make sure students and adults get to school and work safely”, says Constable Cheri-Lee Smith with Leduc RCMP.
RCMP are sharing some tips to ensure that everyone shares the road safely and that everyone stays safe in school this year:
• Pay attention to posted speed limits, especially when entering school or playground zones. Slow speeds can improve your reaction time.
• When a school bus is flashing its alternating red lights, stop and do not pass a children may be on or off-loading.
• Share the road with cyclists; be patient when following and provide extra space when passing.
• 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.
• Always follow the direction of crossing guards—they are there to keep children safe.
• Look out for children, especially during school operating hours. Kids can easily become distracted and unaware of their surroundings.
With school back in, school zones are in effect. Everyday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., drivers must slow down to 30 km/h or less in school zones.
Drivers should remember to slow down in school zones and be particularly alert for students during school hours, especially when dropping off and picking up children from school.