Back To School

Safety Tips for Parents

Many children walk and bike to school during the school year. Younger children often lack the skills to negotiate traffic safely. Take the time to know the rules and educate your children about safe conduct when using and sharing roadways, whether it be by school bus, car, bicycle, or by foot.

  • Walk on sidewalks where available
  • Always cross at intersections
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle
  • Always walk your bicycle across a roadway


When crossing intersections without signals or crossing guards, children should:

  • Stop before stepping into the road
  • Increase your visibility and indicate your crossing intention to motorists
  • Look in all directions before crossing
  • Stop, Look, and Listen for traffic
  • Cross safely when the road is clear
  • Walk, don’t run across the road
  • Where possible, use the buddy system


 When crossing intersections with signals, children should:

  • Push the pedestrian button (where they exist)
  • Wait for the pedestrian walk sign
  • Increase visibility and indicate your crossing intention to motorists
  • Stop, Look, and Listen for traffic
  • Watch for turning cars or trucks
  • Cross safely when the road is clear
  • Walk, don’t run across the road


When crossing with the assistance of adult crossing guards and student safety patrollers:

  • Cross only under the direction of the guard


Railway Crossings:

  • Many children in our communities must cross railway tracks daily. Ensure children are taught the only safe place to cross railway tracks is at a designated crossing.
  • Walking along railway tracks is dangerous.


For Drivers:

Back to school means more children walking and biking on our roads and as a result, motorists need to take special care while driving.  Help our children walk safely to school by following these important safety rules:

  • Be aware of school zone signage.
  • Reduce speed in school zones.
  • Be ready to stop at all times. Children do not always notice oncoming traffic.
  • Always try to make eye contact with children waiting to cross the road.
  • Be patient and wait for children to complete their crossing before proceeding.
  • Always stop when directed to do so by a crossing guard.


Rules to Follow

Drivers are reminded that whether on a city street, highway, or a country road, regardless of the speed limit in the area or the number of lanes, all drivers must stop when approaching a stopped school bus with flashing upper red lightsDo not start moving until the red lights have stopped flashing and the bus begins to move.

School Bus Laws
Failing to stop for a  school bus with flashing red lights can result in fines from $400 to $2,000 and six demerit points for a first offence.  Each subsequent offence can result in fines from $1,000 to $4,000 with six demerit points and possible jail time up to six months.

School Crossing Guards
Crossing guards are put in place to protect our children.  The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service reminds all motorists to watch for school crossing guards and obey their hand signals and stop when directed.  Drivers who fail to stop for a school crossing guard will be subject to a fine under the Provincial Offences Act.



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