Believe it or not, it’s time for school to start again and despite the warmer-than-usual August weather, the golden tinge on the leaves tells us summer is just about done.
So as usual, just after Labour Day, it’s time to get back to school.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary recently released a few tips to make returning to school a little safer:
• When shopping for backpacks and outerwear consider ones with bright colors and reflective materials.
• Educate your children on the proper use of crosswalks. Use a marked crosswalk whenever possible and wait for traffic to stop completely before crossing the street.
• Bring your children to their school and bus stop so they are aware of where the crosswalks are in both areas.
• Whenever possible walk your children to the bus stop or school and supervise them while they wait for the bus. Encourage your child to walk to and from school or the bus stop with friends.
• While boarding a school bus, line up in single file and wait on the sidewalk until the bus has come to a full complete stop and has opened the doors.
• Motorists are reminded it is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped with its stop sign extended and lights flashing. This includes all lanes in both same and opposite directions of the roadway. The penalties for passing a school bus are six demerit points and up to $1200 in fines.
• Motorists are also reminded not to use mobile phones or electronic devices while driving. With extra foot traffic on our roadways in the coming months the RNC is reminding everyone of the dangers of distracted driving.