With the school year about to conclude — an exciting time for school-age children who will spend much of their time outdoors — the RNC is reminding the public to keep safety in mind this summer.
Motorists are reminded to reduce speed in residential areas, especially locations with playgrounds or areas that children frequent.
Drivers should also pay particular attention to young children riding bicycles and walking as they often cross the road in areas where there is no crosswalk.
And parents are asked to educate their children as to their responsibilities to use crosswalks.
Members of the RNC traffic services and patrol division will be patrolling residential neighbourhoods this summer on a regular basis to ensure speeds are reduced and crosswalks are being used.
On another front, parents should discuss safety regularly with children so they know what to do. Teach your children that a stranger is anyone they don’t know, and that even someone who is friendly is a stranger.
Make sure children never to enter the house or car of a stranger and that when they are home, never to let a stranger into the house.