By Kate Wells, Director of Operations, DriveWise BC
The weather is warming up and that means more children will be walking to and from school or using bikes and scooters. Many drivers don’t realize that the simple act of slowing to the maximum 30 km/hr. in a school zone can literally save a child’s life.
Here’s why. A child hit by a vehicle at 30 km/hr. has an 0 percent chance of surviving. That drops dramatically to only 10 per cent when speed increases to 50 km/hr. It also takes double the time for a vehicle traveling at 50 km/hr. to react and brake for a sudden stop compared to a vehicle traveling at 30 km/hr. so the chances of a dangerous collision are much greater.
There’s more. Did you know that children, aged 10 to 14 years, will experience the highest rate of pedestrian-related injuries? This is because young pedestrians are at a disadvantage when it comes to road safety. They can’t see as far as an adult or judge speed and distance accurately. They are also more difficult for drivers to see.
Drivers must slow their speed throughout school zones between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm on school days. Don’t forget about playground zones, which include parks, some school playgrounds and other marked recreation areas. They also require a speed of 30 km/hr. seven days a week from dawn until dusk.
Please slow it down and help provide children safe routes to school and play.
You can find Kate or her father Arther at locations in West Shore and Saanich — Call 250-475-0666.