–ICBC media release
B.C. government, ICBC and police ask drivers & parents to keep children safe as school returns
Every year, six children aged five to 18 walking, cycling or skateboarding are killed and 370 are injured in crashes throughout the province.* With children returning to school this week, the B.C. government, ICBC and police are asking drivers to watch for children, especially in or around school zones and expect more traffic on our roads.
Every year, 72 children are injured in crashes in school and playground zones in B.C.
Police and Speed Watch volunteers will be closely monitoring drivers’ speeds in school zones across the province to help children get a safe start to the school year.
Parents are encouraged to review the rules of the road with their children and go over their daily route to and from school.
Tips for drivers:
- Every school day, unless otherwise posted, a 30 km/h speed limit is in effect in school zones from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- SPN inclusion: The speed limit along some sections of Sooke Road while in a school zone is 40 km/h when children are on the road.
- When you’re dropping off your children in school zones, allow them to exit the car on the side closest to the sidewalk. Never allow a child to cross mid-block.
- If a vehicle’s 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. (SPN inclusion: DRIVING: Higher fines for passing school buses with flashing lights)
- 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.
Tips for parents and kids:
- Review ICBC’s child pedestrian safety tip sheet with your children and post it in your home.
On Vancouver Island, two children walking or cycling (aged five to 18) are killed and 55 are injured in crashes every year. In school and playground zones, 11 children are injured every year.
ICBC provides free road safety educational materials to B.C. schools to help students from kindergarten to grade 10 learn about road safety topics unique to their grade level using fun and interactive activities.
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