Give Children the Right of Way.
National School Safety Week, October 17 - 23, 2017.
For National School Safety Week, everyone using roads has a role to play concerning safety around children walking, cycling and on our school buses.
We rely on more than 50 school buses in our communities to bring our children to and from school every day. The buses are readily recognizable with their bright yellow colour, flashing lights and distinct shape. They carry students of many ages, sizes and stages of development. They make multiple stops, short runs and long runs along rural highways.
For the occasion of National School Safety Week, Canada Safety Council and Clearview Public Schools would like to remind motorists sharing the roads with school buses and children walking and biking, of the road safety rules in order to ensure the safe transportation of our children.
The Highway Traffic Act in each province states that every driver approaching from both directions towards a school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing, must stop and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing. It is also worth noting that most school buses are required by law to stop at all railway crossings. Motorists should be prepared to stop.
Motorists abiding by the laws and being vigilant with student pedestrians and bicyclists will help ensure that children reach their destinations safely by following these guidelines:
Abide by the school bus traffic laws.
Keep a watchful eye for children running to catch their bus. They have been known to pay little regard for their own safety and may dart out in traffic.
Respect the crossing guards and slow down in school zones.
During the school year, be especially cautious during periods of the day when students are travelling to and from home.
Keep a watchful eye for cyclists and pedestrians on roadways.
When turning at intersections watch out for students using the crosswalks
Teach your own children about safe conduct in roadways and on school buses.
An ounce of prevention and caution could save a life.
Robillard, Suzanne (2017 October 12). Give Children the Right of Way. Retrieved from https://canadasafetycouncil.org/campaigns/school