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Back to School Reminders

Safety School Traffic Safety

It's Labour Day which has traditionally signaled Back to School time. While some school divisions have already started, it's safe to say that as of tomorrow, kids everywhere will be back at school. 

Alberta Transportation, Office of Traffic Safety has some great tips to remember!

Drivers play a key role in back-to-school safety. Be alert and extra cautious in and around school zones and playgrounds as well as near school buses.

Young students should remember these safety tips:

  • If you can't see the driver, the driver can't see you either.
  • Be alert at intersections and always look for danger when crossing the street.
  • Arrive early at your bus stop and stand back on the sidewalk until the bus stops.
  • If you walk to school, learn and practice the safety rules for pedestrians. Cross at cross walks; obey all traffic signs, traffic lights and safety patrol instructions.

Back to school facts

  • Nearly 50 per cent of the drivers involved in collisions with school buses committed an error. The most common error was following too closely.
  • On average each year, approximately 238 children under 15 are killed or injured as pedestrians or cyclists (2010-2014).
  • School buses in Alberta travel an estimated 450,000 kilometers a day - that’s more than 10 times around the earth!
  • The penalty for failing to stop for a school bus with its alternating flashing red lights activated is $543 and six demerit points.
  • 70 per cent of casualty collisions and nearly 90 per cent of property damage collisions involving a school bus occurred in urban areas.

Yield to pedestrians. Remember to yield to children/parents in crosswalks. When a pedestrian is in a crosswalk they have the right-of-way.

Do not drive while distracted. Always be alert of your surroundings.

Speed limits in school zones and playground zones: The speed limit in a school zone is 30 kilometer’s per hour unless otherwise posted. School zone times are in effect from 8am to 9:30am – 11:30am to 1:30pm – and 3 to 4:30pm; unless otherwise posted. Strathcona County follows these times.

The speed limit in a playground zone is 30 kilometers per hour unless otherwise posted.


Alberta Transportation, Office of Traffic Safety is a key partner of Strathcona County School Traffic Safety Partnership.