With the start of new school year, many children bike or walk to school. It is important to teach children safety while on the streets, especially younger ones.
Children should always walk on sidewalks and never on the road. Students are required to use crosswalks, school crossings and obey all intersection signals when attempting to cross streets to and from school. Failure to do so could result in a charge. When crossing an intersection, stop before going onto the road, look both ways and listen for traffic. When you see the road is clear, walk across. It is best to use a buddy system if possible.
For those student riding a bicycle, always wear a helmet and ensure you have nothing loose that could get caught in a bicycle chain such shoelaces or backpack straps. Ensure all kids wear proper shoes as flip-flops, sandals and heels don't allow for proper traction on the pedals. Students should never wear headphones while riding their bikes as it can stop them from hearing any type of warning such as car horns or someone yelling.
Remember back to school means there are more children out walking and riding their bikes. Younger children do not have the same knowledge about traffic safety so motorists should drive slower in school areas.
• Be aware of school signs.
• Reduce your speed in these areas.
• Be ready to stop at all times.
• Make eye contact with children who are waiting to cross the street.
• Be patient when waiting for children to finish crossing.
• Stop when you are directed to by a cross guard.
The Durham Regional Police is asking everyone to drive with care and slow down, especially within Community Safety Zones.
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