September is back-to-school month for many Nova Scotians. The RCMP would like to offer these tips to help ensure the safety of Nova Scotia students:
Walking to School
Make sure your child’s walk to school is a safe route, and your child is familiar with it.
Walk with them until they know the route and can do it safely.
Always stop and look both ways before crossing the street.
Small children may be less cautious around traffic. Carefully consider whether your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision.
Walk or ride the bus with a ‘buddy’.
On the School Bus
Always wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before leaving the curb.
Remain seated and do not move around on the bus.
Always board and exit the bus at a location that provides safe access to the school bus or the school.
Motorists are reminded to obey all signals when approaching a school bus. Fines for passing a stopped school bus with lights flashing are approximately $400.
Enforcement activities will focus on school zones, crosswalks, school buses and Distracted Driving. Drivers are reminded to slow to 30km/h in school zones if the normal speed limit in the area is 50km/h or less or slow to 50km/h if the normal speed limit in the area is 60km/h or more. Take extra care when traveling around school buses.
Please help us to make this a safe and happy school year for all students.