Sunday , 26 September 2021

RCMP release back to school safety tips for road users and students

It’s back to school for students across the Lakeland, and the Bonnyville RCMP have some tips to make sure everyone stays safe.

“With back-to-school season starting up next week, the Bonnyville RCMP would like to remind drivers and pedestrians alike to be extra cognizant of traffic around our local schools,” said S/Sgt. Sarah Parke.

Here are some back-to-school reminders:

All road users: It is imperative that you are aware of your surroundings at all times, to focus on the road and take appropriate actions to avoid a potential collision.

Students: Only cross at designated crosswalks and controlled intersections; make eye contact with drivers and ensure vehicles have come to a complete stop before crossing; stay on the sidewalk when walking to and from school; and stay at a safe distance from the street when waiting for the school bus.

Parents: Ensure that your children know the safest route to and from school; if you’re picking them up, park where it’s safe to do so in the areas designated by the school.

Drivers: Pay attention to road signage, know the speed limit and whether you’re entering a school or playground zone; keep an eye out for children, especially during school operating hours; and stop when a school bus is flashing its alternating red lights.”

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.