Time for back to school safety

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BIBLE HILL - With the start of the 2014 school year set for Sept. 4, Colchester County RCMP are urging parents, students and motorists to use extra caution to prevent unnecessary injuries in and around schools.

Back to school means more children walking and biking on roadways, as well as school buses picking up and dropping off children. Younger children often have limited experience with traffic and how to negotiate traffic safely. Motorists are asked to take special care while driving.

Help children get safely to and from school by following these important safety rules:

- Reduce speed in school zones and when approaching crosswalks near schools. School zones have mandatory reduced speeds when children are present regardless of the time of day.

- Stop when directed to do so by a crossing guard or when a school bus is flashing it red lights. Prepare to stop when a school bus is flashing its yellow lights.

- Always try to make eye contact with children waiting to cross the road. Children do not always notice oncoming traffic and may step onto a road with little notice.

- Be patient and wait for children and crossing guards to complete their crossing before proceeding. Remember that school buses drivers and crossing guards are there to help children get to school safely. Please remain courteous and patient with them while they do their job.

- Parents should review safety rules with their children and ensure that any children riding bicycles or scooters, wear helmets and appropriate safety gear.

Officers and policing partners will be actively patrolling school zones when the school year starts. Please help keep children safe by taking extra care in 2014-2015.


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