Sit down, get out your books, sharpen your pencils, and listen up. Class is back in session for children, and SGI is taking drivers 'back to school' to remind them about safety in school zones.
Math takes up first period. The lesson, SGI spokesman Tyler McMurchy says, is the equation...School Zones + Speeding = Dangerous and Expensive.
"It's the first day of school, and everybody's very excited about that, of course. Children will be very excited as they're heading to school, excited to see their friends that they might not have seen in a couple of months. That's something that motorists need to keep in mind as well. School zones are going to be a lot busier than they perhaps were over the last couple of months, and in addition, are a place where speeding tickets are much higher."
"If you are travelling 20 kilometers an hour over limit in a school zone, that's a $310 ticket. The faster you're going, the higher that ticket becomes," he shared, adding that an excess of 40 kmh is a $570 ticket.
Second period consists of Physics, and once again, it happens to be Mr. McMurchy with the lesson, noting that a vehicle striking a pedestrian at 50 kmh results in a fatality 50 percent of the time.
"The faster a vehicle is travelling, the more likely it is to kill or injure a pedestrian. Higher speeds make it harder to avoid collisions because they reduce reaction time and increase stopping distances. We know children don't always pay attention to crossing where they're supposed to, or where they're supposed to, so it's so important for motorists to take extra caution as they are travelling around schools. Lower your speed and be alert, watch out for those kids who might dart out onto the street unexpectedly."
"Make sure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks and uncontrolled intersections, obey commands from crossing guards, and make sure to take care around the school bus as it stops to load or unload, kids and watch for those school bus signals. If that stop arm comes out with the flashing light and red stop sign, you'll definitely want to stop because it's a very expensive ticket if you go past it," he added.
There's also some homework involved, as SGI recommends that parents teach their children in how to conduct themselves around traffic. Ensure that they know to cross at crosswalks and controlled intersections instead of jaywalking, make eye contact with drivers and wait until they stop before crossing, and avoiding getting distracted in the phone while on the move.