Penticton police sent out a reminder to residents Sept. 9, 2020 to obey traffic rules and drive safely as children return to school. (File photo)

Penticton RCMP urge back to school traffic safety

School zone traffic laws are in effect once again

Police in Penticton are reminding motorists, students and parents to stay safe on the roads as kids return to school.

School is set to begin on Sept. 10 and the Penticton RCMP Detachment wants to ensure that students and motorists are aware that school zone traffic laws in effect once again.

Police provided the following safety tips for students:

  • Walk on sidewalks and use marked cross-walks whenever possible
  • Walk your bike across intersections and crosswalks and use bike lanes when available
  • Before crossing, always look both ways
  • Wear brighter coloured clothing.

Police also provided the following safety tips for motorists:

  • Slow down and obey speed limits in school zones
  • Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Watch for bikes, crossing guards and school buses
  • Be on the lookout for children walking and running

As school returns police will be monitoring school zone areas and enforcing speed and traffic laws, explained Cst. James Grandy of the Penticton RCMP.

“Return to school and traffic safety are top priorities for the RCMP. We can all take preventative measures to make sure children are safe when walking to and from school,” said Grandy.

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