Watch for kids on the road as school re­turns this fall

The Prince George Citizen - - Local | Weather - Cit­i­zen staff

The Cana­dian Safety Coun­cil is re­mind­ing mo­torists to take ex­tra care on the roads when the school year starts again.

In Prince Ge­orge, classes re­sume for the fall on Sept. 4.

“Pa­tience, ex­tra at­ten­tive­ness and sit­u­a­tional knowl­edge go a long way to­ward keep­ing our roads safe for every­one,” Canada Safety Coun­cil pres­i­dent Gareth Jones said in a press re­lease. “It’s our re­spon­si­bil­ity as con­sci­en­tious road users to make sure that no­body is un­nec­es­sar­ily put in harm’s way.”

Chil­dren, espe­cially young chil­dren, aren’t al­ways at­ten­tive to dan­ger and can act un­pre­dictably, the coun­cil says. Chil­dren run­ning to catch their bus may dart un­ex­pect­edly into traf­fic, so drive cau­tiously, watch for chil­dren on the side­walk or side of the road and be pre­pared to stop sud­denly.

It is against the law to pass a school bus when its red sig­nal lights are flash­ing – re­gard­less of which side of the road the bus is on (ex­cept on me­dian-di­vided high­ways).

Also be vig­i­lant to watch for chil­dren walk­ing or rid­ing bi­cy­cles to and from school, espe­cially at cross­walks, in school zones and on res­i­den­tial streets with­out side­walks.

Be­ing aware of your sur­round­ings and obey­ing speed lim­its will give you more time to react if a child steps into the road­way sud­denly.

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