Alberta RCMP offer back-to-school traffic safety tips ahead of Labour Day long weekend

Police expect increased traffic as people return from holidays and school buses start their routes again

As the kids are back to school, police are reminding motorists to be on the watch.

“With children returning to school, it’s important for drivers and pedestrians to be extra cautious and to respect the rules of the road,” said Supt. Rick Gardner, Alberta Traffic Sheriffs.

“Everyone must be mindful of bus and crosswalk safety and understand the expectations within school zones.”

Alberta RCMP urges drivers to practice the following back-to-school season tips to set a good example for traffic safety.

It is imperative that drivers are aware of their surroundings at all times, know where school zones are and what the speed limit is, keep an eye out for children, stop when a school bus has its red lights flashing and take appropriate actions to avoid potential collisions.

Students should only cross at crosswalks and controlled intersections, make eye contact and ensure vehicles come to a complete stop before crossing and stay on the sidewalk when walking.

Parents need to ensure children know the safest route to and from school and to park where it’s safe when picking them up.

The Alberta RCMP, Alberta Sheriffs, other law enforcement and safety partners will be out to ensure Albertans make the right driving decisions.

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