Police ask drivers to cool down their speed in school zones
2021-01-19 07:11 PST
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With warm afternoons and freezing cold mornings, Kamloops police are asking drivers to chill out with speeding, especially near schools.
The Kamloops RCMP Crime Prevention Unit is reminding motorists just how important it is to observe posted speed limits in school zones, especially in the mornings when roadways may be icy.
Given the fluctuations in the temperatures and the precipitation, morning commuters need to be extra vigilant while driving to school or work as the road conditions can change quickly, said Corporal Dana Napier of the Kamloops RCMP Crime Prevention Unit.
Please be extra aware of students on their way to school and observe all posted speed limits, remembering that they’re for ideal driving conditions only. With the slippery conditions that may be present during these icy mornings, drivers may have to slow it down even more.
Cpl. Napier specifically referenced Westsyde Road as an area recently brought to her attention. Westsyde Road, a 60 km/per hour zone, has numerous pedestrian crossings and a school zone. It’s important for drivers to make sure they are travelling the speed limit, watching for changes in it, and adjusting their speed for conditions to help ensure everyone arrives at their destination safely, she added.
Below are some tips for drivers and pedestrians on how to arrive safely.
- When dropping off your children in school zones, allow them time to exit the vehicle on the side closest to the sidewalk. Never allow a child to cross the street mid-block.
- If a vehicle is stopped in front of you or in the lane next to you, they may be yielding to a pedestrian, so proceed with caution and be prepared to stop.
- Watch for school buses. Vehicles approaching from both directions must stop for school buses when their lights are flashing.
- Stay alert until you have safely reached the other side of the road, cars can come from all directions.
- Stay ‘unplugged’ and leave gadgets in backpacks when walking or cycling, this will allow you to focus on the road, see, hear, and respond safely.
- Wear high visibility clothing.
For more safety tips to ensure a safe arrival to school, visit us on line by clicking onto bcrcmp or ICBC.
Cst. Crystal EvelynMedia Relations Officer
560 Battle Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 6N4
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