Back to school is a time to play it safe
The Delta Police Department is reminding drivers and pedestrians to play it safe as schools go back into session next Tuesday (Sept. 4).
To help with that the DPD is initiating its Walk Ride Drive Back to School Traffic Safety Plan.
The focus is on education and creating road safety awareness to influence change, with the ultimate goal of making our roads safer for everyone, states a DPD media release.
Delta Police will be utilizing resources across its organization including Community Police Stations (and their volunteers), Patrol, Traffic and School Liaison Officers.
There will be concentrated efforts on road safety issues throughout Delta and all school zones will be primary target areas.
The Delta Police are encouraging the motoring public, pedestrians and cyclists to employ safety measures to reduce the potential of injury on local roadways.
Some of the safety tips for pedestrians include:
• When crossing the road do so in a marked crosswalk and follow the direction of school crossing guards.
• Make direct eye contact with the driver to ensure you have been seen prior to stepping into the crosswalk
• Check all lanes of traffic before proceeding through the crosswalk to ensure it is safe to cross all lanes.
• Wear light colored clothing and/or reflective clothing
Motorcyclists are advised to:
• Wear helmets
• Wear reflective clothing, and gear
• Remember, motorcycles/bicycles are hard to see.
Motorists are reminded to:
• Slow down; be aware of your surroundings.
• Avoid distractions while the vehicle is in motion.
• Buckle up
• Ensure all children are in their proper child safety seat.
• Allow yourself sufficient travel time to reach your destination safely.
For those picking up and dropping off students, remember to follow school identified drop off and pick up procedures at your respective schools.