Boosted care and attention suggested for Castlegar drivers

Back-to-school time is a time for even greater care and caution behind the wheel

The September back-to-school rush is a great time for motorists to re-focus on caution.

An August 26 press release from BC Transit states that September is the busiest month of the year for the operation as some of its most dedicated customers return to school and work.

Spokesperson Meribeth Burton says the back-to-school rush is welcome, and “BC Transit’s Safety and Training team is also taking the time to remind our more than 3,000 transit operators across the province to be extra cautious as the new school year approaches.”

Given the fact that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of injury and death among children, reminders for BC Transit drivers also apply to all motorists.

“Children are often distracted, especially at the start of the school year,” points out Burton in the Aug. 26 email, “they are quick, small and often less visible than adults.”

“Look for clues that children might be on or near roads,” said BC Transit Director of Safety and the Environment John Palmer. “If a driver spots: groups of children together, busy playground areas, bicycles or toys on the road ahead, these are all indicators that children may be at risk. It takes just a little extra care and attention while we are behind the wheel to avert a senseless tragedy.”

Safety rules offered by BC Trainsit include:

•  Slow-down in school zones and residential areas

•  Obey posted speed limits:

•  Drive 30 km/h or slower in school zones between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

•  Drive 30 km/h or slower in playground zones from dusk to dawn

•  Stop for school buses when lights are flashing

•  Reduce speed and increase awareness in poor weather conditions

•  Scan between parked vehicles.

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