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Back to school safety tips for students, drivers


Published on September 4, 2017

The RCMP in New Brunswick is offering back to school safety tips for students, parents and motorists.

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New Brunswick students will be back in the classroom on Tuesday, Sept. 5, and the RCMP in New Brunswick is offering some safety tips for parents, students and motorists.

"The RCMP in New Brunswick wants to ensure that students remain safe as they head back to classes," says Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh with the RCMP in New Brunswick. "We are encouraging everyone to remain alert and mindful as students head back to school."

 

Students:

– Students should walk on sidewalks and use marked crosswalks wherever they are available. When there is no sidewalk, stay on the left-hand side of the road, so that you can see oncoming traffic.

– Always look both ways before crossing any street. Make eye contact with drivers to ensure they have seen you, and wait for cars to stop.

– When waiting for the school bus, stand back from the roadway until the bus has come to a complete stop, with its flashing red lights activated.

– Be alert. Wearing headphones or walking and texting may pose risks, as you may not be aware of nearby traffic.

– Always respect traffic lights and wait for the walk signal before crossing the street.

 

Motorists:

– Slow down and always respect the speed limit in school zones. School speed zones (30 km/h) are in effect Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., during designated school days.

– Traffic in both directions must stop when a school bus has its red lights flashing. Wait until the bus driver has turned off the red lights before proceeding.

– Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.

– Always pay attention to crossing guards and school buses with their lights flashing yellow.

 

The RCMP in New Brunswick wishes all students a happy and safe start to the new school year.