Sergeant Jason Keays

Back to school

Classes are back in session as of September 4 and the Vanderhoof RCMP is reminding motorists and pedestrians to be careful and cautious.

School staff are busy getting ready for the return of students and are looking forward to welcoming them on Wednesday, September 4. This first day will run for only half a day, students will be dismissed three hours earlier than normal for their school.

As summer vacations wrap up and children return to school Vanderhoof RCMP are reminding parents, students and drivers to be vigilant around school zones so everyone remains safe.  The speed limit around most schools is 30 kilometers per hour, and the RCMP will be out ensuring that motorists respect the posted speed limits.

“Every year in B.C., an average of 16,045 children aged five to 18 are involved in crashes, resulting in 5,215 injuries and 34 deaths,” said Sergeant Jason Keays, Detachment Commander of Vanderhoof RCMP in an email.

Classes back on means that children will be flooding the streets and, especially in a small town, they may not look twice when crossing the road.

Drivers are advised to drive slow in areas where children are walking, everyone is excited with school back on so the RCMP would like motorists to remember to stay calm and cautious on the roads.

Students who walk to school are advised to use sidewalks when possible and to cross where there are crossing guards available.  For those children who ride a bike to and from school, RCMP are reminding students to respect traffic lights and to make sure the bicycle is equipped with reflectors.  Wearing headphones or earbuds to listen to music is dangerous when riding a bike on road ways.

Sgt. Keays wants everyone to take responsibility for their own actions ensuring all are safe during the back to school season – “We will be reminding drivers that it’s their responsibility to be alert, slow down and watch for children, especially near schools and playgrounds, we can all play an active role by making smart decisions”.

For children who ride a school bus, the RCMP want to remind the children to wait until the bus stops to approach the front door, to make sure the driver sees them before crossing in front of the bus and to never cross behind a school bus.

Motorists are reminded that when a school bus is stopped, they too must stop and it’s best to stay five meters behind the bus.  Passing a bus with the flashing lights is a major offence and will cost drivers a hefty fine and several demerit points off a driver’s license.

 

Just Posted

Saik’uz resident urges other indigenous students to apply for award

Irving K Barber scholarship deadline is March 31st

B.C. minister says rural internet is ‘railroad of the 21st century’

Jinny Sims talks details about the $50-million provincial and possible $750-million federal funds

Photos: Ice show by Nechako Figure Skating Club

Day packed with performances from soloists and star teams

Photos: Dear Edwina Jr. at McLeod Elementary

Energizing and captivating performance by students of the school

Community Futures in Vanderhoof aim to boost entrepreneurial spirit through pilot project

Ideas to Market based on collaboration says general manager

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

The company is also paying about $5 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal fees and other costs

B.C. mosque part of open-house effort launched in wake of New Zealand shootings

The ‘Visit a Mosque’ campaign aims to combat Islamophobia

‘That’s a load of crap’: Dog poop conspiracy spreads in White Rock

Allegation picked up steam through a Facebook page run by a city councillor

Explosives unit brought in after suspicious boxes left at B.C. RCMP detachment

Nanaimo RCMP issues all clear after packages were found on lawn earlier in the day

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Newfoundland man caught after posting photo of himself drinking and driving

The 19-year-old took a photo of himself holding a beer bottle and cigarette while at the wheel

Carfentanil found in 15% of overdose deaths in January: B.C. coroner

Carfentanil is 100 times more powerful than illicit fentanyl and used to tranquilize elephants

Kids found playing darts with syringes in Vancouver Island park

Saanich police is urging people to throw out their syringes properly and safely

Most Read