Back-to-School Safety Tips

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 For the youngest of Calgarians, September means time for a brand-new school year. School zones in September often bring more congestion, distraction and more pedestrians than in the summer. Here are three tips to keep in mind when in school zones this September and all year around. Exercising caution and care, we can make our communities safer.

  1. Follow the speed limit: First and foremost, follow the posted speed limit with is 30 km/h. School and playground time zones are between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. A collision with a pedestrian at 30 km/h is more likely to end injury than a possible fatality going at residential speed of 50 km/h.
  2. Stay in between the lines: We want to set good example for young pedestrians. Stop, look both ways, always good practice to look one more time to the left then walk across the street between the cross walk. Attempt to make yourself as visible as possible. These are all good habits to role model.
  3. Follow directions: Listen and watch for directions from the school safety patrollers. Follow the direction of signals, signs and the specific rules that the school has implemented. These directions are for your safety, reducing congestion and reducing risks.

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