Edmonton, Alberta – The RCMP encourages Albertans to keep traffic safety top of mind this September, as students return to school for the first time since March after classes were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With buses, pedestrians, and cyclists resuming their commutes to and from school, it is important that everyone do their part to keep roadways safe.
“Roads are expected to become busier with the start of the school year,” explains Supt. Rick Gardner, Alberta Traffic Sheriffs. “With more traffic and children on our roads, we ask that Albertans be mindful of the increased risks and practice safe driving.”
In an effort to make the transition back to school safer for everyone, Alberta RCMP reminds motorists of the following:
· Pay attention to posted speed limits, especially when entering a school or playground zone. Slows speeds can improve your reaction time.
· When a school bus is flashing its alternating red lights, stop and do not pass. Children may be on or off-loading.
· Share the road with cyclists. Be patient when following and provide extra space when passing.
· When pedestrians are crossing the street, come to a complete stop and do not block the crosswalk with your vehicle. Ensure pedestrians have cleared the road before proceeding.
· Always follow the direction of crossing guards. Crossing guards are there to keep children safe.
· Look out for children, especially during school operating hours. Kids can easily become distracted and unaware of their surroundings.
“As students head back to school, we encourage all road users to exercise caution,” says Supt. Gary Graham, Alberta RCMP Traffic Services. “Slowing down, staying alert, and sharing the road responsibly can significantly reduce the risk of accidents or serious injuries.”
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