Editorial: Lesson of the day: Slow down now

School's in, so let off the gas pedal

 

While the sunny skies and warm temperatures might have us thinking of a few last summer activities to squeeze into our schedules, we shouldn’t be too quick to gloss over the arrival of September — and with it the return of school children on our streets and sidewalks.

Children headed back to school this week, and drivers are reminded to use extra precaution as they head out on the road this week.

Every year in B.C., an average of more than 16,000 children between the ages of five and 18 are involved in crashes, resulting in 5,215 injuries and 34 deaths.

Many youngsters will be heading off to school for the first time, while others will be caught up in the excitement of seeing friends for the first time since school let out for the summer. Drivers should keep this in mind and be alert to the possibility of children darting out into traffic. Drivers are also asked to leave a little extra time to reach their destination, and to always watch out for pedestrians when backing up.

The 30 km/h school zones are back in effect from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, and drivers are urged to be aware that vehicles stopped in front of or beside you may be yielding for a pedestrian.

When dropping off children in a school zone, parents should have them exit on the side nearest the sidewalk. Parents should also sit down with their children to stress the importance of safety on the way to and from school. It is also recommended that students put away their MP3 players, phones and other gadgets so they can focus their full attention on the road.

We all have a role to play to ensure this school year isn’t marred by tragedy.

— Black Press, Penticton Western News

Just Posted

German-born British Columbian warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Agassiz teacher’s Amazing Race takes students on Canada-wide adventure

AESS students say they had the experience of a life time

WATCH: Brother of missing Hope woman makes emotional appeal for more media attention

Next search for Shawnee Inyallie Nov. 18 along Highway 1 towards Boston Bar

Gas price drop expected to hit Fraser Valley today

Analyst says to take advantage, warns slight increase may follow

Players Guild challenges Chilliwack residents to solve classic Agatha Christie whodunit mystery

The Chilliwack Players Guild is performing Murder on the Nile from Nov. 22 to Dec. 2

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Liberals to act quickly if Saturday midnight deal deadline breached: source

Oh Friday, Canadian Union of Postal Workers said it would not bring the latest offers to a vote of its members

Most Read