SAFE RETURN TO SCHOOL
Woodstock, ON (August 29, 2022) – It’s back to school season, and the Woodstock Police Service wants to ensure everyone is returning to school safely this year. This is a time where everyone needs to be extra diligent in practicing road safety as children and families are excited and preparing to get back into routine. Police will be conducting regular focused patrols in school zones throughout September to ensure the safety of everyone in the area.
Here are some back to school safety tips to keep in mind this season:
- Slow down and obey no stopping and no parking zones – they are there to keep everyone’s safety. Drop your student off a block away to avoid no stopping tickets during pick up/drop off times.
- Do not block crosswalks and keep your eyes open for crossing guards or other pedestrians entering the road ways.
- Never proceed through crosswalks until the crossing guards have cleared the roadway.
- Be on the lookout for pedestrians and children climbing in and out of vehicles in the road way.
- Practice the daily route to school and encourage your kids to walk the same route every day.
- Walk in groups, there is safety in numbers.
- Put the distractions away. Texting or using headphones and walking is dangerous too.
- Walk on sidewalks and cross at crosswalks when available and listen to crossing guards.
- Always wear a helmet that is properly fitted and secured using the 2V1 rule.
- Teach kids the rules of the road: ride single file on the right side of the road, come to a complete stop before crossing the street and walk across the road.
- Watch for opening car doors and other hazards.
- Use hand signals when turning or stopping.
- Wear bright coloured clothes to be visible to other road users.
- When getting off the bus remind children to look for moving vehicles before crossing the road.
- Walk around the front of the bus so the driver can see you.
- Sit in your seat, face forward and follow the bus driver’s rules.