School’s out, summer street safety is in
2021-06-29 08:00 PDT
As the school year drew to a close, groups of kindergarten students received some special training on summer safety – training the Kamloops RCMP Detachment hopes to pass on to the community.
On June 24, 2021 the Kamloops RCMP Detachment’s Crime Prevention Unit and Kamloops Community Safety Officers attended Lloyd George Elementary School to participate in a Kindergarten Safety Summit. Some of the topics discussed included bike and road safety.
View larger image: A police officer leans in to answer questions from a group of kindergarten students.
If a ball goes across the street do you run after it? Corporal Dana Napier asked the group of mostly five year olds.
No! they answered in unison.
You have to tell an adult, added another student.
Great answer, replied Cpl. Napier.
With school now out for the summer, the Crime Prevention Unit is hoping to spread safety tips to parents and children across the city.
As Covid restrictions loosen and school lets out, we’re likely going to see more people out in the community, said Cpl. Napier.
It’s really important for everyone to pay extra attention, use good road sense, and be aware of their surroundings.
Below are some basic tips to assist the public in having a safe summer.
- Wear a properly fitting helmet.
- Wear bright or reflective clothing.
- Never ride barefoot.
- Always walk your bike through a crosswalk.
- Stop at all stop signs and obey street (red) lights just as cars do.
- Use bike lanes or designated bike routes whenever you can.
- Use a bell or horn to let pedestrians know you are there.
- Make eye contact with drivers. Assume drivers don’t see you.
- Look for cars in driveways laneways and at intersections and be prepared to stop.
- Expect pedestrians to exit from stores.
- Walk on the inside edge of the sidewalk so you are further away from traffic.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic so you can see oncoming vehicles.
- Cross only at intersections or marked crosswalks, never jay walk.
- Dress to be seen especially at night and on dark/overcast days.
- Make sure you can hear and see oncoming cars. Remove your headphones and your hood when crossing the street.
- Make eye contact with drivers. Keep your head up & look where you’re walking. Never assume that drivers see you.
- Always look for signs that a vehicle is about to move (rear lights, exhaust smoke, sound of motor, wheels turning).
- Vehicles should have their lights on to increase visibility, regardless of the time of day.
- When approaching an intersection always scan right and left for pedestrians before continuing through.
- When operating a vehicle, be cautious of pedestrians who may be distracted or unaware of their surroundings (texting, on the phone, headphones in, umbrella or hood blocking their vision).
- Obey the speed limit – not to avoid tickets but to avoid tragedy.
Cst. Crystal EvelynMedia Relations Officer
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