Start safe school driving habits now

Start safe school driving habits now

Students will be heading back to school Sept. 6

Students will be heading back to school Sept. 6, which means drivers need to brush up on safe practices in and around school zones and school buses.

The Canada Safety Council has a list of tips that we should all read carefully and commit to memory.

It’s mostly common sense stuff, but the annual spike in injuries and fatalities among young pedestrians at this time of year suggests common sense needs reinforcement every school year. So:

• Leave yourself a bit of extra time to get wherever you’re going. Being in a rush is no excuse for disobeying the rules of the road.

• When a bus has its arm extended or flashing lights on, stop. It’s the law; don’t proceed until the lights are turned off.

• Slow down in school zones and be vigilant and careful in residential areas where children are present.

Moving slowly and predictably helps children feel more at ease and less likely make rushed decisions.

• Avoid doing manoeuvres like three-point turns and U-turns in school zones. Children are often unfamiliar or simply not expecting these kinds of vehicle motions.

• Always obey crossing guards and signage.

• Give cyclists a wide berth and shoulder check for cyclists before opening your door.

• Never let your child out of the car when they’ll be stepping into a traffic lane. Make sure they’re stepping out onto a sidewalk or away from the flow of traffic. You might even consider stopping a block or so away from the school and walking with your child, in order to reduce congestion and confusion around the school drop off area.

 

 

Just Posted

Ladysmith business recognized for supporting diversity in the workplace

Ladysmith Home Hardware, Ladysmith Pharmasave, LRCA, and Maya Norte saluted

Editorial: Looking back at windstorm helps us prepare for next time

BC Hydro says it was the most destructive storm in its history

Competition offers $2,000 to Ladysmith and area playwright

Yellow Point Drama Group continues focus on supporting and nurturing local arts scene in 2019

Editorial: Federal byelection, if it happens, is no reason for voter fatigue

If indeed a byelection is called to choose a Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP, we might as well embrace it

Two of Chemainus photographer Marston’s images picked among National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Students seen mocking Native Americans could face expulsion

One 11-minute video of the confrontation shows the Haka dance and students loudly chanting

Olympic softball qualifier to be held in B.C.

Announcement made Saturday evening from Europe

B.C. resident creates global sport training program

The 20 hour course teaches the science and application of interval training at the university level

B.C. VIEWS: Fact-checking the NDP’s speculation tax on empty homes

Negative-option billing is still legal for governments

May plans next move in Brexit fight as chances rise of delay

Some say a lack of action could trigger a ‘public tsunami’

Group challenges ruling for doctors to give referrals for services that clash with beliefs

A group of five Canadian doctors and three professional organizations is appealing

Major winter storm wreaks havoc on U.S. travel

Nearly 5,000 flights were cancelled Sunday around the country

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Want to avoid the speculation tax on your vacant home? Rent it out, Horgan says

Premier John Horgan and Sheila Malcolmson say speculation and vacancy tax addresses homelessness

Most Read