The Winnipeg Police Service hopes to reduce safety hazards associated with children getting to and from school.
If children are being dropped off or picked up, parents and guardians are asked to pay attention to no parking and no stopping signs in school zones, and should co-operate with the school’s pickup and drop-off policies.
If children walk to school, parents should walk with them to help familiarize them with the route and to learn of traffic hazards and other situations to avoid. As the distance of the walk increases, so does the chance of having a safety hazard along the route.
Parents are also encouraged to speak with their children about traffic safety, including details when and where are the safest times and places to cross the street. Parents should underline the importance of using crosswalks and the guidance of school patrols while also learning to watch for vehicles in dangerous areas like parking lots and driveways.
As well, all motorists should keep a vigilant watch for children when driving, especially near schools, as children can appear from between vehicles at any time.
When motorists see a school bus picking up or dropping off children, they should be mindful that the stop signs must be respected — those who don’t stop when the stop sign and lights are activated may be fined under the Highway Traffic Act.