LHSC's Trauma Program urges extra vigilance as children return to school

September 6, 2016

The start of the school year is a fun and exciting time for all families that sees normally quiet streets burst to life in the mornings and afternoons. 

 “All motorists need to safely share the road with school buses, pedestrians and bicyclists,” says Jane Edwards, injury prevention specialist, LHSC. “It is everyone’s responsibility to keep children safe as they travel to and from school.”

Edwards recommends that parents remind their children to stop, look and listen every time they cross the street. Parents should also be good role models by walking with their children to school and demonstrating safe pedestrian practices – crossing only at intersections, stop signs and crosswalks. 

Drivers are reminded to slow down, eliminate distractions such as cell phones and other electronic devices and to take extra precautions in school zones and neighborhoods areas where children and teenagers are travelling. Edwards asks drivers to be patient and wait for children to complete their crossing at intersections and to be mindful of the direction provided by crossing guards.