Wednesday, August 21, 2013
On the Road
School's Back Soon
Car crashes the
top preventable cause of death for BC kids
Released by ICBC/Website photo
two weeks to go until school returns, ICBC is asking parents to begin
preparing children for getting to and from school safely.
Every year in B.C., an average of 30 children aged five to 18 are killed and
5,100 injured in 14,700 crashes.
across the province return to school in a couple of weeks, it’s the
ideal time for parents to review the rules of the road with their
children and take the time to go over their daily route with them,”
said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.
“Everyone should plan ahead for the return of the school season
because the roads will be much busier, so remember to leave earlier
to avoid rushing, stay focused on the road and use extra caution,
especially around school zones.”
the province will be closely monitoring speeds in school zones to
make sure drivers stick to the 30-km/h speed limit,” said Chief
Constable Jamie Graham, Chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of
Police Traffic Safety Committee. “We want children to get a safe
start to the school year so we’re asking drivers to be extra careful
on our roads and watch for children.”
“The start of the
school year is a busy time for children and a return back to regular
routines for parents,” said John Dickinson, ICBC’s director of road
safety. "That’s why we’re encouraging parents to start talking to
their children now about using extra caution when the school season
begins. Even older children should be reminded to remove earbuds and
headphones when walking and always make eye contact with drivers.”
Here are ICBC’s
tips for drivers, parents and students to help everyone stay safe as
is back in session, don’t forget that every school day, unless
otherwise posted, a 30-km/h speed limit is in effect in school
zones from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
dropping off your children in school zones, stop and allow them
to exit the car on the side closest to the sidewalk. Never allow
a child to cross 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 be prepared to stop. Always
yield to pedestrians – it’s the law.
will be back on our roads. Vehicles approaching from both
directions must stop for school buses when their lights are
getting into your vehicle, make a habit of walking around your
vehicle to make sure no small children are behind it. Always
look for pedestrians when you’re backing up.
parents and students:
Post these safety
tips in your home and review them with your children – even older
children need to be reminded about road safety.
headphones and put away your phone or other gadgets when
crossing the street. Focus on the road so you can see, hear and
contact with drivers, so you both know you see each other.
lessons should be fun and interactive. Memorize the chorus of
“Walk ‘n’ Roll,” a song by children’s musician
which is included in ICBC’s kindergarten to grade three road
safety curriculum: “Wear something bright; Look left and look
right; Wait for the light; Make sure you’re in the driver’s
child to cross at intersections that have a pedestrian crossing
light or a marked crosswalk whenever possible. Even at a
crosswalk, be aware of traffic and always make sure that
vehicles are stopped before walking. Use designated crossing
points and follow pedestrian traffic signs and signals.
Dress to be
seen. Wear bright or light coloured clothing. In dark or bad
weather, wear reflective material on clothes or accessories.
on the inside edge of the sidewalk. This way, you’re further
away from traffic. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic
so you can see oncoming vehicles and drivers see you.
Be aware of
parked vehicles in a parking lot or on the road. A driver may
not see you between parked vehicles and you may not see them
moving. Before crossing or walking through a parking lot, stop
and look left-right-left around parked vehicles. Children should
avoid taking shortcuts through parking lots.
free road safety educational materials to B.C. schools to help
students learn about road safety using fun and interactive
activities. The materials are unique to each grade level from
kindergarten to grade 10. To find out more, visit
Lower Mainland, on average, 10 children aged
five to 18 are killed and 3,250 injured in 9,060 crashes every
Vancouver Island, on average, six children aged five to
18 are killed and 690 injured in 2,130 crashes every year.
Southern Interior, on average, eight children
aged five to 18 are killed and 810 injured in 2,390 crashes
Central BC, on average, seven children aged
five to 18 are killed and 340 injured in 1,090 crashes every
*Crash and injury
averages based on 2008 to 2012 data reported by ICBC. Fatal average
based on 2007 to 2011 police-reported data.