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RCMP providing drivers with back to school tips

The sign outside of the RCMP Detachment office in Timberlea. MYMCMURRAY/File photo

Kids and young people are going back to school for a first full year without COVID-19 restrictions in place.

Wood Buffalo RCMP issued a statement to remind motorists about the uptick in pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles on roads and sidewalks throughout the region.

Police released a list of tips to help everyone stay safe to and from school.

  • Speed zones in school and playground areas are now in effect.
  • School zones are 30 km/h, and are in effect every school day from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Slow speeds are there for everyone’s safety, as slower speeds improve your reaction time.
  • When a school bus is flashing its alternating red lights, stop and do not pass. Children may be on or off-loading, which means they may cross the road.
  • Share the road with cyclists. Be patient when following and provide extra space when passing cyclists.
  • When pedestrians are crossing the street, come to a complete stop and do not block the crosswalk with your vehicle. Ensure pedestrians have cleared the road before proceeding.
  • Do not park within 10 meters of either side from a cross walk. This pocket of space allows children and drivers to see each other and increases safety.
  • Always follow the direction of crossing guards. Crossing guards are there to keep children safe.
  • Kids can easily become distracted and unaware of their surroundings. Keep your eyes up and watch for children, especially during school operating hours.


RCMP also remind drivers to slow down and stay alert when out of the roads.