Remember to Slow Down as Kids Head Back to School
Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 5:45 AM
Prince George, B.C. – Motorists are being reminded to drive carefully through school zones once again this morning.
This as children in the Prince George School District head back to class after Spring Break.
The speed limit is 30 kilometres per hour on school days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The BC RCMP says it’s also important to keep in mind the following information:
- Until children are about eight years of age, it is difficult for them to assess whether a vehicle is moving or not. So, drivers must watch for children walking on medians, roadways and curbs, and be cautious when approaching intersections.
- Children also assume cars stop instantly, and they do not have the ability to estimate whether there is enough time for them to cross the road.
- When children see an approaching car, they first notice the colour of the vehicle — not how fast the vehicle is travelling.
- It takes a vehicle 13 metres to come to a complete stop when driving 30 km/h, but 27 metres — more than double that distance — when driving 50 km/h.
And for those who cannot “remember” to slow down a $1,000 fine may jog their memory.
Feel free to keep this advice in mind when you are driving through your neighbourhood streets as well. Kids may be out riding bikes or walking to bus stops and friend’s houses. You don’t need to drive 60k/hr through your neighbourhood. It’s Prince George. Wherever you’re going, you’ll probably be there in ten minutes.
I agree. Far too many people don’t think when they’re driving through neighborhoods.
And way too many parents aren’t training their kids to think about driving when they’re in the drivers seat.
Remember, 50 miles an hour up and down Malaspina even after school hours is illegal.
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