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RCMP warn Kamloops drivers to be vigilant in school zones

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January 19, 2021 - 8:53 AM

Kamloops RCMP are asking drivers to "cool down" their speed in school zones.

Recent temperature fluctuations, warm afternoons and cooler mornings, are making for slippery conditions.

"Please be extra aware of students on their way to school and observe all posted speed limits," says Cpl. Dana Napier with the Kamloops RCMP Crime Prevention Unit.

She also reminds drivers that speed limits are not for icy roads but ideal conditions.

Westsyde Road is an area of particular concern given that it's a 60km/h zone with multiple pedestrian crossings and a school zone.

Kamloops RCMP recommends people follow these suggestions:

Drivers:

  • When dropping off your children in school zones, allow them time to exit the vehicle on the side closest to the sidewalk. Never allow a child to cross the street mid-block.
  • If a vehicle is stopped in front of you or in the lane next to you, they may be yielding to a pedestrian, so proceed with caution and be prepared to stop.
  • Watch for school buses. Vehicles approaching from both directions must stop for school buses when their lights are flashing.

Pedestrians:

  • Stay alert until you have safely reached the other side of the road, cars can come from all directions.
  • Stay ‘unplugged’ and leave gadgets in backpacks when walking or cycling, this will allow you to focus on the road, see, hear, and respond safely.
  • Wear high visibility clothing.

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