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City of Campbell River reminding drivers to slow down, stay focused in school zones

The City of Campbell River is asking drivers, cyclists and parents to watch out next week for students travelling to school by foot, bicycle, bus or car.

As it’s been a longer break than usual for kids heading back to the classroom, they might not be thinking about road safety as they make their way along sidewalks and crosswalks again.

“We all need to slow down and stay focused on travelling safely in school zones,” says Drew Hadfield, the city’s director of operations.

“There’s a lot going on when kids head back to school, and this year there’s the added element of COVID-19. Whatever is on their mind, kids are more likely to be excited and distracted.”

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Hadfield says, “It’s important for us all to remember that the speed limit is 30 km/hr in school zones.”

He’s also reminding drivers to leave the phone alone when behind the wheel.

Parents can help by teaching kids how to be safe pedestrians. Tips are available on ICBC’s website.

The city will also be sharing safety tips on its Facebook page during the back-to-school season.

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