Getting back to school safely
Students in the CBRM are returning to school this week, and that means more walkers, bikes and buse on the road. Cape Breton Regional Police ask motorists to take extra caution and allow extra time for travel, particularly on school days.
Pay special attention to school zone speed limits – 30km/h in areas where the approaching speed limit is 50 km/h and 50 km/h where the approaching speed limit is higher – when children are present (outdoors, within 30 meters of the roadway). Reducing speed provides more time to react to the unexpected, when children may be distracted and forget to watch for traffic. Speed fines double in school zones, starting at $352.50 for a first offence.
Obey posted crosswalk signs and directions of crossing guards, and watch for children in and around school areas. When crossing streets, police remind students to keep their heads up, pay attention to surrounding vehicles, make eye contact with drivers and wait until vehicles come to a complete stop before crossing the street. Failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk is 4 points against the driver’s license and a fine starting at $697.50.
Pay attention to school bus signals as students are picked up and dropped off. Drivers must stop when a school bus displays its flashing alternating red lights, whether they are driving behind the bus or toward the bus in the opposing lane. This applies on all roadways. The penalty for illegally passing a school bus is 6 points against the driver’s license and a fine starting at $410.00.To ensure the safety of school children, police will be patrolling all school zones in the CBRM and enforcing motor vehicle regulations.
Walking, biking or driving—road safety is a shared responsibility. Thank you for helping keep CBRM streets safe for the children and youth in our communities.