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With children heading back to school, the Fort St. John RCMP would like to remind all motorists that it’s time to be extra aware on the road.

“It’s always hectic during the first few weeks of a new school year while everyone tries to adjust to a new routine,” they wrote in a press release.

Drivers are asked to be cautious and remember school speed zones and crosswalks, as well as loading and unloading areas for school buses and parent vehicles.

They recommend following these tips to make the roads safety as school comes back into session:

  • Be patient and give yourself plenty of time around schools and playgrounds.
  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, look for children walking or biking to school.
  • Slow down and scan your surroundings.
  • remove all distractions including talking on your cell phone or texting.

RCMP urge parents to teach children safe habits for walking or cycling to school – especially since bicycles are expected to follow the rules of the road.

Children should walk facing traffic, and be especially cautious of vehicles when crossing the street at crosswalks.

They also remind drivers that speed zones near playgrounds are in effect from dawn until dusk, not from 8 am to 5 pm as in the case with school zones.

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