Traffic Safety in School Zones
With school starting up, it is important to remind both drivers and pedestrians to keep traffic safety in mind and remain alert during their commutes.
Here are some tips for drivers, pedestrians and parents from ICBC to make travelling to and from school safe for everyone.
Let Your Child Enter and Exit Your Car on the Side Closest to the Sidewalk
It’s safest to drop off and pick up as close to the sidewalk as possible. Do not allow your child to cross mid-block.
Before Starting Your Car, Check for Small Children Hidden From View
Walk around your car and always look carefully for pedestrians when backing up.
Stick to the Speed Limit
A 30 km/h speed limit is in effect in school zones from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every school day, unless otherwise posted. In playground zones, a 30 km/h speed limit is in effect every day from dawn to dusk.
Scan Crosswalks and Intersections from Left to Right as You Approach
Watch for pedestrians waiting to cross, especially during school hours.
Leave Your Phone Alone
Distraction is the leading factor for drivers in crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists.
Notice if Other Drivers are Slowing Down or Stopping
If a vehicle is stopped in front of you or in the lane next to you, they may be yielding to a pedestrian, so proceed with caution and be prepared to stop.
Give Yourself Enough Stopping Distance
You need more time to stop when you're driving fast. At a slower speed, motorists have better chance to react when children or others are crossing the road. This could be the difference that saves a life.
Watch for School Buses
When their lights are flashing, vehicles approaching from both directions must stop.
Cross Only at Marked or Controlled Crosswalks
Do not jaywalk or cross when it isn’t your turn.
Look Both Ways Before Crossing the Street
Ensure it is safe to cross from both directions of traffic before setting foot on the crosswalk.
Make Eye Contact with Drivers Approaching the Crosswalk
Be certain they see you and that they’ve committed to slowing down to a stop.
Double-Check Lights and Signals are Working at Controlled Crosswalks
Make sure that the flashing traffic lights are operational and haven’t timed out before crossing.
Wait Until the Crossing Guard Says it’s Safe to Cross
If your school has a crossing guard, follow their instructions before crossing – they will make sure it’s safe before guiding you across.