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Drivers & Parents, Keep Children Safe As School Returns: ICBC

Vancouver, BC (Sept. 1, 2017) – With children returning to school next week, B.C. roads will be busier than ever. ICBC is asking drivers to give themselves extra travel time so they aren’t rushing and to avoid any distractions. Drivers need to be focused on the road and watch for children, especially in or around school zones.

Every year, 370 children are injured in crashes while walking, cycling or skateboarding and six are killed throughout the province.*

Police and Speed Watch volunteers will be closely monitoring drivers’ speeds in school zones across the province to help children get a safe start to the school year.

Every year, 72 children are injured in crashes in school and playground zones in B.C.

Parents are encouraged to review the rules of the road with their children and go over their daily route to and from school.

Tips for drivers:

  • Every school day, unless otherwise posted, a 30 km/h speed limit is in effect in school zones from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • When you’re dropping off your children in school zones, allow them to exit the car on the side closest to the sidewalk. Never allow a child to cross mid-block.

  • If a vehicle’s stopped in front of you or in the lane next to you, they may be yielding to a pedestrian, so proceed with caution and be prepared to stop.

  • Watch for school buses. Vehicles approaching from both directions must stop for school buses when their lights are flashing.

  • Before getting into your vehicle, walk around it to make sure no small children are hidden from your view. Always look for pedestrians when you’re backing up.

Tips for parents and kids:

Regional statistics*:

  • In the Lower Mainland, four children walking or cycling (aged five to 18) are killed and 253 are injured in crashes every year. In school and playground zones, 42 children are injured every year.

  • On Vancouver Island, two children walking or cycling (aged five to 18) are killed and 55 are injured in crashes every year. In school and playground zones, 11 children are injured every year.

  • In the Southern Interior, two children walking or cycling (aged five to 18) are killed and 43 are injured in crashes every year. In school and playground zones, 13 children are injured every year.

  • In North Central B.C., two children walking or cycling (aged five to 18) are killed and 16 are injured in crashes every year. In school and playground zones, six children are injured every year.

ICBC provides free road safety educational materials to B.C. schools to help students from kindergarten to grade 10 learn about road safety topics unique to their grade level using fun and interactive activities.

* Notes about the data:

Children defined as aged five to 18. Crash and injury averages based on 2011 to 2015 data reported by ICBC. Fatal average based on 2010 to 2014 police-reported data. School/playground zone injury statistics based on police data from 2010 to 2014 (five year average).

Pedestrian includes a person in or on a wheeled recreational device or wheeled toy. This includes rollerblades, a skateboard, scooter, unicycle or similar wheeled device.

About the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia is a provincial Crown corporation established in 1973 to provide universal auto insurance to B.C. motorists. We’re also responsible for driver licensing, and vehicle licensing and registration.

SOURCE: Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

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