© Photo illustration by Austin M. Davis
Safety patrollers are an important component of safety in school zones.
The school bells rang and the kids went back to school on Tuesday. With another Labour Day come and gone, it marks the beginning of another school year. So many kids will go to school, learn a lot and enhance their education.
While the speed limit in school zones is always 40 kilometers per hour (km/h) during specified hours whether it’s September, April or July, it’s even more important for us to remember to slow down now that kids are back at school.
There is a reason the speed limit is 40 km/h. During the day, kids will come and go, crossing the streets at crosswalks.
We as drivers need to pay attention to what’s going on around us when we drive through a school zone. Too many people speed through them.
At the same time, it is crucial for kids to remember to always look both ways before crossing the street and to make sure the cars are going to stop.
You never know when kids will dart out while walking as a group because they think cars are going to stop for them, which they should. It’s necessary for us to take the appropriate steps to help keep our kids safe.
That’s what the Regina Police Service was doing when several north-end Regina schools were put on alert Tuesday.
Around 10:10 a.m. police received a call to help a person who was being threatened and reported a weapon was involved.
Police made a perimeter around Thom Collegiate, Gladys McDonald Elementary School and Regina Huda School as a safety precaution, but not because the students were in any danger.
As scary as it is to hear of school alerts because of a threat with a weapon in the neighbourhood, the police service made the right call.
It’s all about keeping the kids safe. Hopefully a situation like that will never again escalate to where the kids are in legitimate danger.
Too many tragedies have already happened in schools.
We don’t want to be responsible for an accident when driving in school zones. You can’t get those kids’ lives back if they are hurt.
So drive safe and be alert. We need to do whatever we can in whatever role we assume to protect our kids.
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