Children can be excited and not watching traffic
VANCOUVER, June 19 /CNW/ - With another school year coming to a close,
ICBC is reminding drivers and pedestrians of all ages to use their RoadSense.
The last day of school is an exciting time for school-aged children, which
means they may be preoccupied and forget the rules of the road. Drivers are
encouraged to use extra caution when driving through and around school zones.
"Pedestrian safety is a two-way street - motorists need to be alert and
scan for pedestrians, while pedestrians need to use designated crossing points
and obey traffic signs and signals," recommends Nicolas Jimenez, Director Road
Safety and Loss Prevention. "Please take a little extra time to help out one
another - by watching out for each other."
During the last few days of school, class times may vary. When school is
in session, a 30-km/h school zone speed limit is in effect between 8 am and
5 pm. During the summer months, school zone speed limits change unless summer
school is in session. Playground speed limits remain in effect year-round.
Pedestrian safety tips for the whole family
- Make eye contact with drivers, so you both know you see each other.
- Always walk on the inside edge of the sidewalk away from the curb or
roadway. This way, you are less exposed to vehicles.
- Before stepping off the curb, look left and right for oncoming
vehicles. Then look left again over your left shoulder for vehicles
that may be turning onto the roadway from beside or behind you.
- Wear bright or light-coloured clothing. At dusk, night or in poor
weather, wear reflective material on your clothing (sleeves, shoes,
cap or jacket).
For more road safety tips, visit www.icbc.com.
For further information:
For further information: REGIONAL MEDIA CONTACTS: Alyson Gourley-Cramer,
ICBC North Central region , (250) 561-5006; Deb Johnson, ICBC Lower Mainland
region, (604) 296-1539; Tamara McLean, ICBC Vancouver Island region, (250)