For elementary and high school aged students, it's soon going to be that dreaded time of the year again, back to school time.
As the day approaches, The Standard is asking everyone to drive safe and be aware of any students crossing the streets.
During this time, the roadways and crosswalks around the schools will be getting a lot busier. Yes, pedestrian education information is readily available to children, but the best way to avoid any sort of a disaster is to take measures yourself. Some young kids might not be aware of all the rules yet, either.
Also, if adults want the young kids to respect the rules of the road, they must set an example and be respectful and considerate drivers.
People should follow all school zone signs and respect the crossing guards, who will be out monitoring the area.
School zone safety has been a hot topic in Scugog Council the past couple of years. For residents of Scugog, there is going to be a new school zone pilot project, on Queen St. near R.H. Cornish School, and Old Simcoe Rd. near S. A. Cawker School, where school crossing and speed limit signs will be installed down the centre line of the roadways.
The local North Durham roadways have been dangerous of late, with multiple motorcycle and car accidents being reported by Durham Regional Police in the last few weeks. People need to be extra careful to avoid any potential tragedy.
Drivers must also be more aware at this time of year, as fleets of school buses will be returning to the roads in the communities. Please remember, never pass a bus when their stop sign is out, or the lights are flashing. Also remember to follow proper protocol, when passing any bicyclists.
Like every school year, this year, kids have the potential to learn a lot more, make new friends, and make it one step closer to starting work in the real world. Lets make sure we help them make it there safely and set the right example.
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