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Police provide back-to-school safety tips


August 10th, 2018
Possible changes to hours allotted for school bus drivers and caretakers could mean movement back to the casual pool for some.

Police offer back-to-school safety tips. - 123RF Stock Photo

As parents begin shopping for school supplies, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) issued a news release Wednesday providing parents with safety tips to review with their children.

The release also stated police will be “stepping up patrols” of school zones in the coming months to ensure children’s safety.

The following is the list of back-to-school safety tips from the RNC’s news release:

  • When shopping for backpacks and outerwear consider ones with bright colors and reflective materials.
  • Educate your children on the proper use of crosswalks. Use a marked crosswalk whenever possible and wait for traffic to stop completely before crossing the street.
  • Bring your children to their school and bus stop so they are aware of where the crosswalks are in both areas.
  • Whenever possible walk your children to the bus stop or school and supervise them while they wait for the bus. Encourage your child to walk to and from school or the bus stop with friends.
  • While boarding a school bus, line up in single file and wait on the sidewalk until the bus has come to a full complete stop and has opened the doors.
  • Motorists are reminded that it is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped with its stop sign extended and lights flashing. This includes all lanes in both same and opposite directions of the roadway. The penalties for passing a school bus are 6 demerit points and up to $1200 in fines.
  • Motorists are also reminded not to use mobile phones or electronic devices while driving. With extra foot traffic on our roadways in the coming months the RNC is reminding everyone of the dangers of distracted driving.

The Telegram - http://www.thetelegram.com/living/police-provide-back-to-school-safety-tips-232301/

Posted on August 10th, 2018