RNC Issue Back to School Safety Tips

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is reminding the public that the 2018- 2019 school year is fast approaching and back to school sales have begun in stores in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Police are asking parents to review the following back to school safety tips with their children:

  • When shopping for backpacks and outerwear consider ones with bright colors and reflective materials.

  • Educate your children on the proper use of crosswalks. Use a marked crosswalk whenever possible and wait for traffic to stop completely before crossing the street.

  • Bring your children to their school and bus stop so they are aware of where the crosswalks are in both areas.

  • Whenever possible walk your children to the bus stop or school and supervise them while they wait for the bus. Encourage your child to walk to and from school or the bus stop with friends.

  • While boarding a school bus, line up in single file and wait on the sidewalk until the bus has come to a full complete stop and has opened the doors.

  • Motorists are reminded that it is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped with its stop sign extended and lights flashing. This includes all lanes in both same and opposite directions of the roadway. The penalties for passing a school bus are 6 demerit points and up to $1200 in fines.

  • Motorists are also reminded not to use mobile phones or electronic devices while driving. With extra foot traffic on our roadways in the coming months the RNC is reminding everyone of the dangers of distracted driving.

The RNC will be stepping up patrols in school zones and will be paying particular attention to school safety zones over the coming months to ensure the safety of students returning to schools throughout the region.