With Back to School happening in just a couple of weeks across Grande Prairie, the RCMP are urging drivers to start getting used to slowing down around the numerous school zones across the city.
Constable Lindsay McNab says back to school here for most of the schools is on August 31st, and police are hoping to get people thinking about back to school and old routines before the summer comes to a close.
“We understand over the summertime you drive down these roads and don’t have to slow down and it is kind of a habit you get into. It is important we have a presence during back to school time to remind everyone they do need to slow down and be aware of their surroundings.”
McNab adds in addition to drivers having to keep an eye out for pedestrians, police are also reminding those on the sidewalk that they have a responsibility for safety as well.
“There will be a lot more kids and youth walking and biking to and from school, buses will be out again, and there will be the return of reduced speed limits in school zones,” she says.
“We want to remind kids to use the crosswalks, if they’re riding their bike, they should be walking it across the street. Also, for people to be aware of school buses, when the red lights are flashing to not pass, we just want to make sure everyone is safe… and people can ease themselves back into the school routine.”