Sharpen Up Your Driving Habits In Preparation for Back to School
By 250 News
Prince George, B.C.- It's that time of the year again, when drivers are being reminded to get back into the habit of obey school zones.
School Zones will be in effect from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on all school days and the speed limit for School Zones is 30 km/h, unless otherwise posted. Fines for disobeying the speed limit begin at $196, but the cost of injuring a child would be far greater.
- Use designated crossing points and follow crossing signals where available;
- Remove headphones from music players when crossing the road;
- When crossing major roads, make sure that all lanes of traffic have stopped before walking across. Often drivers in the middle lanes don't see pedestrians;
- Make eye contact with the drivers before stepping out onto crosswalks;
- Dress to be seen - daylight hours are decreasing, so wear brighter colours or reflective material whenever possible;
- Walk on the sidewalk, or if unavailable, walk on the side of the road facing the traffic;
- Walk well lit routes with less traffic;
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
- Plan ahead, leave earlier to allow yourself extra time through School Zones;
- Be alert to children near or around crosswalks and intersections;
- If a vehicle in a different lane slows or stops in front of you, slow down or stop and ensure that no one is on the crosswalk before proceeding;
- Always yield to pedestrians;
- When dropping off children in a School Zone, ensure you do so in a safe place where the children can exit onto a side walk. Please don't stop in the travel portion of the road and hurry your children out.
The beginning of the school year is a time when children are at an increased risk of transportation related injuries from pedestrian, bicycle, school bus and motor vehicle collisions. Many more children are on the road each morning and afternoon, and it demands that all drivers change their driving habits and be vigilant.
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