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Make everyday a safe one!

It is the last weekend before the start of a brand new school year. That means students crossing our roads or biking to school and school buses out in full force. According to the Province of Ontario, 824,000 students travel in about 16,000 school vehicles every day.

Did you know the Town of Georgina has 15 school crosswalks around Town? This year, we have a new school crossing on Baseline Road near the Sutton Public School. There will be a trained crossing guard at this new location. Did you also know that our crossing guards work on a three-whistle system to provide consistency at all locations? When you hear the whistle blow, be prepared to stop and watch for students crossing the road.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists of the following safety tips as students head back to school:

  • Drivers travelling in both directions must stop for a stopped school bus with its upper red lights flashing
  • When you approach the bus from the front, stop a safe distance to let children get on or off the bus and cross the road
  • Do not move forward until the red lights have stopped flashing or the school bus begins to move again
  • Make full stops at all stop signs

Here are some great safety tips for students:

  • Always cross well in front of the school bus and make eye contact with the driver so you know when it is safe to cross
  • Look all ways and wait for the bus driver to signal before you cross the road
  • Always walk on the sidewalk, not on the road and cross at intersections
  • All bicycle riders under the age of 18 must wear a properly fitted, safety approved helmet
  • Ride your bike in the same direction as traffic
  • Use a horn or bell on your bike to let cars know you are approaching
  • Children under 10 should not ride on the road

For more great safety tips, visit the York Regional Police website or the Province of Ontario website.