Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 


On the Road

The Driving Class

Police look to put a dent in bad driving

Staff/Voice photos


A youngster on a bicycle is hurt after plowing into the side of a vehicle on Arbutus Ave. last week.


t could happen to any of us. A kid gets hit. It's not that we're reckless drivers and don't watch out for kids and pedestrians already, but now that summer break is gone with the wind, classes starting again Tuesday, it means more kids on the roads and more vigilance needed.


In the photo above, taken last Thursday, a young girl apparently darted out onto the roadway, and before the driver could try to avert the accident, she plowed into the side of the vehicle.


Fortunately, the child suffered only minor injuries. Her mom was there and watched as paramedics attended to her daughter.


According to ICBC, every year in BC, six children aged five to 18 walking, cycling or skateboarding are killed and 370 are injured in crashes throughout the province.


Of those, 72 accidents are  in school and playground zones.


In a release Thursday, the Government of BC said this year in Abbotsford, police also took a hard look at the numbers. They discovered that in a two-month period, one quarter of all Immediate Roadside Prohibitions (IRP) in their division had been issued between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ≠ and an alarming number were near or in school zones.


The child's mother speaks with a BCAS ambulance paramedic.


"Distracted driving is just as dangerous as drinking and driving and we now have tough new penalties for drivers who canít seem to leave the phone alone. It only takes a second for a kid to run into the street. Imagine if thatís the moment you choose to check your phone. Imagine being the reason a parent has to bury a son or daughter."


The province has increased the penalties for drivers who ignore school bus lights too. From 2009 to 2014, 14 young people were injured while getting on or off a bus. Fortunately, none of them were killed. Itís now $368 for a first offence, $668 for a second offence and more than $1,000 for a third.


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