RCMP remind drivers to pay attention to school zones

The Nova Scotia RCMP would like to remind the motoring public that in September, students across Nova Scotia from elementary to university, return to class.

As a result the RCMP would like to remind all drivers of their responsibilities, especially when driving in school zones.

To keep our school children safe, please use caution when approaching intersections or crosswalks.

Parked or stopped vehicles may block your view of a pedestrian. Watch for the school safety patrol in their orange vests and stop as directed as patrollers play a vital role in directing children safely across the street.

In Nova Scotia, the speed limit in a school zone is 50 km/hour when children are present.

Please adhere to school and playground posted zone speed limits and slow down when school is in.

Inspector McCarthy of the RCMP Nova Scotia Traffic Services reminds the motoring public that a child may react differently than an adult to danger.

“The approach of a car may cause a child to hesitate and then run across the street. As well lack of attention caused by the back to school excitement may cause them to have poor judgement when it comes to traffic safety”.

The RCMP urge you to do your part to keep our children safe, slow down, allow yourself extra driving time and remain vigilant of all pedestrian traffic.

The RCMP and you, making our roadways safer.

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