Now that the kids are back to school we have some great tips from the RCMP for keeping your kids safe on the way to and from school.
Did you know?
– When children see an approaching car, they first notice the colour – not how fast the vehicle is traveling.
– A child’s field of vision is one-third narrower than an adult’s.
– Most pedestrian traffic injuries happen to five to nine-year-olds in mid-block crossings, and to 10 to 14-year-olds at intersections.
Walking to school: Make sure your child’s walk to school is a safe route and your child is familiar with it. Walk with them until they know the route and can do it safely.
Always stop and look both ways before crossing the street.
Small children can be less cautious around traffic. Carefully consider whether your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision.
Consider having a designated adult walk to school with a group of neighborhood children.
Walk or ride the bus with a “buddy”
Check out these great school walking maps for New Westminster Elementary & Middle Schools.
Connaught Heights Elementary Glenbrook Middle East
FW Howay Elementary Glenbrook Middle West
Herbert Spencer Elementary Queensborough Middle
Hume Park Elementary
Lord Kelvin Elementary
Richard McBride Elementary
Queen Elizabeth Elementary
St. Mary’s Elementary
Lord Tweedsmuir Elementary
On the school bus
Always wait for the bus before approaching from the curb.
Remain seated and do not move around on the bus.
Always board and exit the bus at a location that provides safe access to the school bus or the school.
Riding your bike
Always remember to wear a helmet, even on a short ride.
Ride on the right hand side in the same direction as traffic.
Wear bright or high visibility clothing.|
Know the “rules of the road”.
At busy intersections, get off your bike and walk across.
Driving to school
Use extra caution around school zones, crosswalks, and school busses.
Watch out for young pedestrians and cyclists.
Driver and passengers should always wear their seat belts.
In many areas, novice teen drivers are driving to and from school. Ensure that young drivers are wearing their seat belts and are not distracted by car stereos, cell phones, text messaging, or other passengers.
VSB Traffic Safety Tips
Safety tips provided by RCMP & VSB