It’s almost back to school time
2017-08-24 10:01 PDT
File # 2017 Back to school time
The Nanaimo RCMP would like to take this opportunity to remind the motoring public, effective Tuesday September 5th, all public schools in Nanaimo will be re-opening, and on Monday August 28th private schools in the Nanaimo area will also be re-opening.
Every year in BC dozens of children and youths will be injured in motor vehicle crashes which occur in school zones or playgrounds.
One injured child is too many. One of the objectives of the Nanaimo RCMP Detachment, supported through the enforcement efforts of the Municipal Traffic Unit and patrol officers, is to ensure all children arrive safely at school. Going back to school is always an exciting time for young children and can be very hectic for parents. With that in mind, safety must be paramount to ensure your precious cargo arrives safely at school, said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
The following reminders are provided for the safety of all children, motorists, parents, and caregivers.
- School speed zones (30 km/h) are in effect Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, during designated school days
- Playground speeds are in effect dust to dawn, all year round
- Motorists MUST stop for all school buses when children are boarding or exiting the bus, and red flashing lights are displayed; this applies to vehicles whether they are behind the stopped bus or approaching from the opposite direction
- Children should only cross at designated intersections
- Before crossing any intersection, children MUST make eye contact with the approaching driver and ONLY cross when they see the vehicle slowing and coming to a stop; cross ONLY when safe to do so
- If riding a bike, always dismount and walk it across the crosswalk
- Wear bright coloured clothing
- Parents - ensure your child's backpack fits and does not restrict their movement
- Parents need to remind their children to NOT accept rides from people they don’t know
- If a motorist stops and asks to speak to your child, remind your child to NEVER approach a strange vehicle
If you have any questions or concerns about the traffic safety, please do not hesitate to call the Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345, or contact us on Twitter @nanaimorcmp , at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NanaimoRCMP/ or by email at Nanaimo_Media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
Cst. Gary O'BrienMedia Relations Officer
Community Policing Services, Nanaimo
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 2N3
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