The new school year is underway and the RCMP would like to remind families of these back-to-school safety tips to help ensure the safety of Manitoba students.
Walking to school
” Make sure your child s walk to school is a safe route, and your child is familiar with it. Walk with them until they know the route and can do it safely.
” Always stop and look both ways before crossing the road.
” Small children can be less cautious around traffic. Carefully consider whether your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision.
” Consider having a designated adult walk to school with a group of neighbourhood children.
” Walk or ride the bus with a buddy.
On the school bus
” Remain seated and do not move around on the bus.
” Always board and exit the bus at a location that provides safe access to the school bus or the
school. Riding your bike
” Always remember to wear a helmet, even on a short ride.
” Ride on the right-hand side in the same direction as traffic.
” Wear bright or high-visibility clothing.
” Know the rules of the road.
” At busy intersections, get off your bike and walk across.
Driving to school
” Use extra caution around school zones, crosswalks and school buses.
” Watch out for young pedestrians and cyclists.
” Driver and passengers should always wear their seatbelts.
” In many rural areas, novice teen drivers are driving to and from school. Ensure that young drivers are wearing their seatbelts and are not distracted by car stereos, cellphones, text messaging or other passengers.