Strathcona County Crime Watch Association -

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Back to School Traffic Safety

In the excitement of returning to school, children may forget basic road safety rules as they walk, bicycle and ride the school bus to schools throughout Strathcona County.  Throughout the Province of Alberta, traffic injuries are the leading cause of death and hospitalization of children younger than 14 years of age.  Motorists are urged to use caution when driving through residential areas and to adhere to speed limits in school zones.

Driving Tips To Keep Children Safe:

- Obey posted speed limits and always be prepared to slow down or stop.

- Do not drive while distracted, always be alert to your surroundings.

- Use caution when backing out of driveways and parking stalls.

- Watch for kids between parked vehicles and on sidewalks.

- Exercise caution when approaching intersections or mid-block crosswalks.  Parked or stopped vehicles may hide a pedestrian crossing the road. 

Driving Tips When Around School Busses:

- Alternating flashing yellow lights or amber lights means the bus is slowing down to stop,  Do the same.

- When approaching a school bus with red flashing lights, you must stop! 

- Always watch for children crossing the roadway near school busses.

Speed Limits in School Zones:

The speed limit in a school zone is 30 km/h unless otherwise posted.  A school zone is in effect on school days from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. , from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Reminders for Parents:

Parents play a key role in back to school safety.  Taking the time to remind your children about some simple safety rules can really make a difference.  Some road safety reminders for parents to tell their children:

- Before crossing the road: POINT across the road to show drivers you want to cross; PAUSE until the cars stop and you make eye contact with the drivers; PROCEED with your arm extended after all the cars in all the lanes have stopped. Never run into the street.

- Ride legally, NO HELMET - NO BIKE. If your child is under the age of 18, they must always wear a helmet when riding a bike.

- Parking at and around schools can make it dangerous for children crossing streets and walking to school.  Please adhere to "No Parking" signs and don't block driveways when parked.