RCMP in both Fort St. John and Dawson Creek are urging drivers to take extra caution over the next couple of weeks, as children readjust to their morning routines. That includes looking for children walking and biking to school when backing out of a driveway, as well as being patient and removing any distractions like cell phones when near a school.
Fines for speeding in a school zone start at $196 and can go up to $253 if going more than 21 kilometres an hour over the 30 speed limit.
Parents are also recommended to teach their children about the rules of the road, including facing traffic when walking to school, and going with the flow of traffic when bicycling. Students are asked to use sidewalks and cross at corners and crosswalks, and to make eye contact with drivers before stepping onto the road.
A practice run with both parents and children taking their route to school before or on the first day of school is advised, to ensure they’re making their way in a safe manner.