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Traffic Safety for Back-to-School

Students and teachers have been back to school for a while now, and you’ve likely noticed a change in traffic patterns.

There are many things that motorists can do to help protect children on their way to and from school.

  • Obey those speed limits – Where signs are posted, on Monday to Friday from 7am to 5:30pm, make sure you’re going no more than 30km/h in a school zone.
  • Be cautious and patient – Did you know that it is illegal to pass another moving vehicle in a school area within 15 minutes of the opening or closing of classes? Children are more likely to be on school grounds or crossing the road.
  • Pay attention at crosswalks – Pedestrians get the right-of way at marked and unmarked crosswalks.
  • Give school buses some space – Children are most at risk when getting on and off the bus. You can help mitigate that risk by driving safely. Brush up on your school bus safety rules.

Get more helpful safety tips from MPI on their Watch for School Children page.