Sunday, August 7, 2011

Yikes ! Remember Those Dreaded Words "Back to School" .......Psst Didn't Summer Just Get Started ?

                                                                                                                                 Back to school

 During this period, the police will hold a variety of awareness activities to remind school children, their parents, and drivers of the importance of obeying traffic signals and the Highway Safety Code, to boost safety for children around schools and school buses.

The police will remind children to take the school corridors where busy intersections are supervised by crossing-guards throughout the school year.

Operations will also be held in school zones to enforce pedestrian crossing zones, traffic lights, stop signs, parking bans, school transportation rules and speed limits.

What is a school corridor?

 A corridor street is part of a network of safe streets for elementary school children who are walking or cycling to school. By taking a corridor street, the students ensure they will be able to cross the road under the supervision of a crossing-guard.

Where are the corridor streets in my neighbourhood?

You can find a map of corridor streets in your neighbourhood by contacting your neighbourhood station or your school office.

How much does it cost? - Cost of traffic tickets related to school road safety

Road safety record statistics - Children's road safety


Safety tips for students who walk to school

  • Take the corridor streets so you can cross at supervised intersections.
  • Cross at the intersection or closest pedestrian crosswalk.
  • Obey the pedestrian traffic signals or traffic lights at the intersections. A green light means you can cross.
  • Before you enter a crosswalk that does not have traffic lights, make sure you can make it all the way across safely.

 Safety tips for students who cycle to school

  • Stop your bike at red lights and stop signs.
  • Ride with traffic, not against it.
  • Never wear earphones while you are riding your bike.
  • Make sure your bike has reflectors, a white headlight and a red tail light so you will be visible in the dark.

Safety tips for students who take the school bus

  • Get to the bus stop early so you don't have to run.
  • Wait for the bus in a line without pushing or shoving the other kids.
  • Wait until the bus has completely stopped before approaching it.
  • Move away from the bus as soon as you get off and stay away from the wheels.
  • Take 10 steps away from the bus before you cross in front of it.
  • Make sure that the bus driver sees you before you cross in front of the bus.
  • Look left, right and then left again before you cross the street.
  • If you drop something under the bus, ask the bus driver what you should do.
  • If you can't speak to the drive, wait until the bus drives away before you pick up what you dropped.
  • Never walk behind a school bus.

Rules for drivers

  •  Stop your vehicle at red lights and stop signs.
  • At red or yellow lights, stop your vehicle before the crosswalk, the stop line or the near side of the cross street.
  • Stop your vehicle to allow a pedestrian who has entered a crosswalk to cross the road.
  • Yield to pedestrians and cyclists when you are turning at an intersection.
  • Leave enough room for cyclists when you pass them.
  • Before opening the door of a stopped vehicle, make sure you can do so without endangering a cyclist.
  • Do not pass a school bus or mini school bus when its lights are flashing and its stop sign is unfolded (unless there is a raised terrace or other raised physical separation between you and the bus).
  • Stop your vehicle at least 5 m away from a school bus or mini school bus when its lights are flashing.

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Les F said...

I still do not think of Verdun as just a part of Montreal ( a borrough) to me it should still be the City of Verdun. (jmho)
Anyway there is a story in today's Gazette mentioning the 'Back to School' thing & so that prompted me to post this thread......

Les F said...

I think quebec goes back to school a little earlier than they did when we were in school ? However remember the feeling of summer ending,and getting ready to head 'back to school' You would now start to see all over the city,some of the kids that were now coming back to Verdun after a summer away,or just reappearing on the streets,you would see some of your old friends ,some were 'promoted' to a different class than you,same grade but different teacher,you would meet some new kids,& in the waning weeks & days of summer you would start to hang out with some of your old friends meeting up at the boardwalk redtop,or wherever..........Ahhhhh yes growing up,part of the trip I guess.......................................................HF&RV

Les F said...

'Corridor' streets , now that makes sense,a specific route for the safety of kids, in Verdun it seems they choose Willibrord av as one of them.
A far cry from the routes we took to get to school, shortcuts through laneways ,& wherever we decided to walk.....walking to school Ahhh yes I remember it well ,it was always at least -20 F ,always snowing ,well at least until mid May then the temps rose to -15 but the snow was always there,it was always uphill both ways & few of us had shoes,..well two shoes anyway,many kids froze to death on the way to school,.we used them as sleds to carry our books,they were good kids,well until they started to thaw & stink,which of course wouldn't happen until mid August.
Ahhh Yes the Good Old Days...............................HF&RV