School starts again soon

RNC of­fers safety tips

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY MIKE POWER

Be­lieve it or not, it’s time for school to start again and de­spite the warmer-than-usual Au­gust weather, the golden tinge on the leaves tells us sum­mer is just about done.

So as usual, just af­ter Labour Day, it’s time to get back to school.

The Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary re­cently re­leased a few tips to make re­turn­ing to school a lit­tle safer:

• When shop­ping for back­packs and out­er­wear con­sider ones with bright col­ors and re­flec­tive ma­te­ri­als.

• Ed­u­cate your chil­dren on the proper use of cross­walks. Use a marked cross­walk when­ever pos­si­ble and wait for traf­fic to stop com­pletely be­fore cross­ing the street.

• Bring your chil­dren to their school and bus stop so they are aware of where the cross­walks are in both ar­eas.

• When­ever pos­si­ble walk your chil­dren to the bus stop or school and su­per­vise them while they wait for the bus. En­cour­age your child to walk to and from school or the bus stop with friends.

• While board­ing a school bus, line up in sin­gle file and wait on the side­walk un­til the bus has come to a full com­plete stop and has opened the doors.

• Mo­torists are re­minded it is il­le­gal to pass a school bus that is stopped with its stop sign ex­tended and lights flash­ing. This in­cludes all lanes in both same and op­po­site di­rec­tions of the road­way. The penal­ties for pass­ing a school bus are six de­merit points and up to $1200 in fines.

• Mo­torists are also re­minded not to use mo­bile phones or elec­tronic de­vices while driv­ing. With ex­tra foot traf­fic on our road­ways in the com­ing months the RNC is re­mind­ing ev­ery­one of the dan­gers of dis­tracted driv­ing.

MIKE POWER/SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

Signs like these are posted in Labrador West to re­mind peo­ple to slow down in school zones

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