Parents, drivers need to be more careful in school zones
A troubling habit has emerged in the neighbourhood of Bayside lately.
Speeding, illegal U-turns, failing to stop at a stop sign, parking in crosswalks, the list goes on. These are all despicable acts which ignore several specific traffic laws, but making them even more heinous is the fact that they are all committed within the school zone at Nose Creek Elementary.
It is frustrating, as a parent, to watch these violations occur, especially when it is other parents partaking in these dangerous driving habits.
How many hundreds of young children, ranging anywhere from age four to age 10, are crossing these roads, where thoughtful mothers and fathers believe it is perfectly acceptable to speed through a stop sign? What is going through their heads? This needs to stop, before someone gets hurt. Because it could be your child. So please, the next time you are running late for work, and think it is OK if you do 50 km/h instead of the posted 30 km/h, don’t.
That extra minute you save could very well cost a child their life one day. And this applies to the areas surrounding the school as well.
Once the school zone ends, the residential speed limit is still 30 km/h. Just as a refresher, there is a three-second rule, which applies at stop signs. This gives you the appropriate amount of time to make sure the roadway is clear of other vehicles and children.
A “˜No U-Turn” sign means exactly what it appears to. Go around the block like everyone else. And obviously, do not park in a crosswalk. These are the only safe places for our most precious beings to cross an already busy road. I know everyone knows all of this already, but perhaps you have forgotten.
The next time you are in a rush, remember your child goes to this school too.