Back to School Safety: Police Urge Motorists to Drive with Caution



(2:12 p.m.)

With students returning to school next Wednesday, HRM Partners in Policing are asking motorists to drive with added caution.

Thousands of students will be returning to school which will mean additional pedestrian and vehicular traffic on the streets in HRM. Motorists are asked to drive with caution and allow for more time when travelling before, during and after school.

Motorists are reminded that there has been a change to the speed limit in school zones. Effective September 1, the speed limit will be reduced to 30 km/h in areas where the approaching limit is 50 km/h, when children are present (outdoors, within 30 metres of the roadway). By reducing your speed, you’ll have more time to react to the unexpected and avoid a dangerous incident. Slower is safer, as children are sometimes distracted and may forget to watch for cars.

Passing school buses in either direction when the red lights are flashing, regardless of the number of traffic lanes, not only puts people in danger, but is illegal and carries substantial fines. Please avoid shortcutting in and around school areas if possible. Obey posted signs as well as crossing guards’ directions, watch out for children crossing the street and remember that crosswalks are not always marked.

Halifax District RCMP and Halifax Regional Police ask that you do your part to make the streets safe for students as they head back to school.