After a long winter of being shut inside, kids are taking it to the streets and finally enjoying the warm temperatures. And that means drivers need to pay even more attention.
"With the nicer weather," shared Sergeant Tyler McMillan of the Estevan Police Service, "we've seen more kids out already on rollerblades and skateboards and bikes and walking and heading out to the playgrounds, to the ballpark."
"We have different speed zones around the city. Around every school zone, it's 30 km/hr."
He also advises parents to give their kids a refresher on safety while outdoors.
"Speak to your kids. Tell them to be defensive and watch. You can't just assume that people are going to stop for them, they really have to watch and look both ways before they cross. And when they're riding their bikes, ride them properly, wear your helmets, and if you can, use your hand signals for turns. That always helps drivers that come up behind them."
He added that school zones are in effect at all times.
"In Estevan, under the bylaw, all those restricted speed zones that are around the schools are 24 hours a day. They are all the time. People need to be aware that those don't change due to times like some other cities."