As students head back to school, Cranbrook RCMP want drivers to watch for more kids running around local streets.
Constable Katie Forgeron says police will be out patrolling school zones as a new school year begins.
She’s asking motorists to be extra vigilant on their morning and afternoon commutes.
“Just be aware of your surroundings, know that you are in a school zone. Sometimes the school zones kind of creep up on you, you’re not realizing its there,” Forgeron says. “I think most Cranbrook residents know where the schools are, they know when to slow down, so its just a reminder that we need you to slow down.”
Forgeron says they try to take an educational approach toward drivers during the first week of school.
She says you should be ready for children darting into traffic.
“During the summer, all the speed zones revert back to 50 km/h, but as soon as school starts, they are back to 30 km/h in school zones,” Forgeron says. “That’s the biggest issue we have, people tend to forget that over the summer.”
Motorists are also reminded to stop on both sides when a school bus stops.
– Cranbrook RCMP Constable, Katie Forgeron