Drive safe as school starts

Drivers are asked to be careful, as are pedestrians.

  • Sep. 2, 2016 2:00 p.m.

ICBC and police are reminding drivers to be cautious as kids head back to school around the province on Tuesday.

Every year, six children aged five to 18 are killed while walking, cycling, or skateboarding, and 370 are injured in crashes.

Of those collisions, 72 take place in school and playground zones, according to ICBC statistics.

“Car crashes remain the number one preventable cause of death for children in B.C.,” said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“The first week of school is a very exciting time for children,” said Lindsay Matthews, ICBC’s director responsible for road safety. “They may be pre-occupied and forget about their safety around roadways. It’s a great time for parents to go over the rules of the road with their children and their route to school. Even older children need to be reminded about road safety.”

Drivers have a few things to remember:

• A 30 km/h speed limit is in effect around school zones from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

• When dropping off children, allow them to exit on the side closest to the sidewalk.

• If a vehicle is stopped in front of you or in the lane next to you, they may be yielding to a pedestrian, so proceed with caution and be prepared to stop.

• Watch for school buses. Vehicles approaching from both directions must stop for school buses when their lights are flashing.

• Before getting into your vehicle, walk around it to make sure no small children are hidden from your view. Always look for pedestrians when you’re backing up.

 

Just Posted

Celebrating Haloween in the horse capital of B.C.

Langley riders event features riders and horses in costumes

Every vote counts: 10 tightest races in B.C.’s municipal elections

Peachland saw their election decided by just one vote

Giants fall in overtime to the Winterhawks

Langley-based G-Men earned a single-point in a 2-1 OT loss Saturday to Portland

UPDATE: Abbotsford murder victim was brother of slain gang leader

Mandeep Grewal gunned down Thursday, brother Gavin killed in North Van in 2017

VIDEO: G-Men seek revenge Saturday night in rematch at Langley Events Centre

Portland’s Winterhawks downed the Vancouver Giants 5-3 during a road trip down south.

Tommy Chong says cannabis legalization makes him proud to be a Canadian

Legendary marijuana advocate and comedian celebrates cultural milestone at Kelowna event

Vancouver drag queens receive royal treatment during Kootenay Pride

Vancouver drag queens discuss the importance of Pride and growing acceptance of LGBTQ community

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

B.C. man sets new Canadian marathon record at Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Cam Levins ran it in two hours nine minutes 25 seconds

B.C. Liberals’ hopes high as Nanaimo by-election approaches

Historically safe NDP seat vacated by long-time MLA Leonard Krog

Leaving B.C.’s electoral reform to a referendum is ‘ridiculous’: professor

B.C. voters getting ballots in the mail on proposal to change electoral system

Canada condemns killing of journalist in Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey

The Saudi government claimed Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a ‘fistfight’

One year to election: Trudeau Liberals gear up for tussles on climate, premiers

Analysts say that the Liberals have reason to be ‘fairly confident’

GUEST COLUMN: B.C.’s proportional representation vote is dishonest, misleading

Veteran of 2005 Citizens’ Assembly urges rejection of new voting systems

Most Read