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Alberta RCMP reminds motorists to stay safe as school starts

The Lakeland is back to school and Alberta RCMP reminds motorists to expect more traffic, busses, and children on the roads during their rush-hour commutes.

With all the traffic on the roads, Alberta RCMP has provided tips to help drivers navigate back to school safely.

  • When entering a school or playground zone, slow down. Pedestrian collisions at lower speeds have a higher survivability rate and reduce serious trauma.
  • When a school bus is flashing its alternating red lights, traffic in both directions must stop and not pass. Failure to do so could result in a fine of up to $567 and six demerits. It is not necessary to stop if the bus is on the other side of a divided highway.
  • When pedestrians are crossing the street, come to a complete stop and do not block the crosswalk with your vehicle. Make eye contact with the pedestrian and ensure they have cleared the road before proceeding.
  • Always follow the direction of crossing guards. Crossing guards are there to keep children safe.
  • Keep an eye out for children, especially during school operating hours. Kids can easily become distracted and do not always understand the rules of the road.
  • Unload child passengers away from traffic and congestion or in a designated drop-off area.

Alberta RCMP Traffic Inspector Chris Romanchych says he wants to make sure the start of the school year is a safe one.

“By practicing safe driving behaviors in our school zones and during our morning and afternoon commutes, we can each do our part to reduce roadway risks this September.”

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