"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 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.
– 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.