Published on September 1st, 2017 | by Danielle Williams

Back to School Safety Tips for Drivers.

With kids heading back to school in the next few days, it’s important that we all play our part to get them to and from class safely. We know that in the morning, getting the kids ready for school can be stressful and you are sometimes in a rush. In a recent survey, the most frequently witnessed dangerous behaviours seen by parents on our roads are: (1) drivers double parking, speeding and stopping in undesignated areas, (2) adult pedestrians using their cellphones while crossing the street or crossing unsafely at an uncontrolled midblock.

“We all have a role to play to keep our school zones safe and to ensure that no parent has to worry about whether their kids will make it home safely after travelling to and from school,” says Elliott Silverstein, manager, government relations, CAA South Central Ontario.

Here are some tips to help drivers stay alert this fall:

  • Don’t engage in dangerous driving behaviour such as distracted driving, double parking, speeding or stopping in undersigned areas.
  • Avoid talking or texting on your phone or activities that may take your attention away from the road.
  • Always check for children on the sidewalk, driveway and behind your vehicle before backing up.
  • Slow down and pay extra attention in residential areas and school zones.
  • Be ready to stop at all times as children may dart out between parked vehicles.
  • Come to a complete stop for school buses when red lights are flashing. If you fail to do so, you could face a fine of up to $2,000 and six demerit points.

Keep your eyes out for CAA School Safety Patrollers, who will be back in action at over 800 schools across Ontario to help their classmates get to and from school safely. There are 55 police services and approximately 20,000 elementary school students in Ontario involved in the CAA School Safety Patrol program.

To learn more about school safety, watch these videos on driving your kids to school, sharing the road with school buses and walking to school.

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