School is back in session this week, and police are reminding you to keep that in mind during your commutes.
Constable Chantelle Kelly with the Strathcona RCMP says that especially in the first few days it’s important to leave the house a little earlier than you did in the summer.
“In particular for parents we’re telling people to make sure they allow more time,” explains Kelly. “When the new school year begins, just allow yourself a little bit more time. People forget how crowded it can be around school time, and around the parking lots.”
Kelly also says that it’s important to familiarize yourself with your kid’s school drop-off and pick-up zones before the start of school.
“Each designated school has different drop-off and pick-up areas,” says Kelly. “We’re asking people to be aware of those, and to locate them prior. (Also,) remember to yield to pedestrians, there will be lots of kids and parents (using) crosswalks. So, just make sure that they have the right of way, and also be aware of your surroundings.”
Kelly adds that it’s also important to talk to your kids about safety at this time of year.
“We’re reminding parents to talk to their children about the upcoming school year and how to be safe,” says Kelly. “And reminding them of safety, not only (when) walking, but also taking the bus. Practice the rules of getting on and off and riding the bus.”
School zone speed limits are 30 kilometres per hour from 8 AM to 930 AM, 1130 AM to 130 PM, and 3 PM to 430 PM during school days.
The 2016-2017 school year starts on Thursday, September 1st. (km/kb)