School Zone Safety

CAA School Zone Safety Assessment

Unsafe driving practices and student safety in school zones are still a concern for school staff, parents, and community partners, according to school zone safety assessments conducted by CAA Saskatchewan.

A before school and after school assessment conducted recently at a school in Balcarres, Saskatchewan resulted in tracked risky behaviours for motorists and pedestrians, including students. The top risky behaviours performed by motorists included failing to stop at a stop sign, parking in a no stopping zone and unsafely drop off and pick up of students. Pedestrian infractions included jaywalking, failing to look both ways before crossing the street and crossing between parked cars. 

Previous CAA School Zone Safety Assessments have been conducted in Balcarres, Melfort and Regina. CAA Saskatchewan partnered with Regina Police Service, the Regina Catholic and Regina Public School Divisions for the CAA School Zone Safety Assessment. Teams of staff from CAA, the school divisions, and like-minded organizations such as Sask. Safety Council and the City of Regina, participated in the assessments by observing traffic and tracking risky driver, pedestrian and cyclist behaviours.

“School zone safety should be the concern of our entire community,” said Chief Evan Bray with Regina Police Service. “With numerous schools, in every area of the city, our motorists need to possess an ever-present awareness to ensure safety for our children. I am very appreciative to have CAA Saskatchewan and our school division partners come together to focus on raising awareness and education around this important issue. Observing and obeying all posted school zone signs and traffic safety laws will protect our children and ultimately enhance community safety.”

See the full results of the CAA School Zone Safety Assessments:

The CAA School Zone Safety Assessment program is owned and managed by CAA Saskatchewan. To find out more about the assessment, contact schoolsafetypatrol@caask.ca. To request a CAA School Zone Safety Assessment in your community, please complete the online form above.

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School Zone Safety

Parents with young children are reporting an increase in unsafe driving practices in school zones. According to a CAA study, the top two hazardous driving behaviours that motorists perform in a school zone are speeding and distracted driving. A CAA National Poll and recent CAA research also indicated that school zones are becoming more dangerous. 92% of parents have noticed one or more bad driving behaviours in 2019 compared to 86% in 2017. Jaywalking and failing to look both ways before crossing the street were the top two risky behaviours for pedestrians including students. More details on our research can be found here.

The safety of our children and all road users is a priority for CAA Saskatchewan. Learn more about our CAA School Zone Assessments and request to conduct one in your community.

Through CAA’s School Safety Patrol® program student patrollers have been helping their classmates safely cross streets and learning more about pedestrian safety in Saskatchewan since 1951.

CAA has helpful tips and safety advice for students, parents and motorists to ensure everyone’s safety in school zones.

Download the CAA Youth Safety Booklet for fun activities and information about pedestrian, bike, and school zone safety, as well as the CAA School Safety Patrol® Program. Complimentary copies of the booklet are available at all CAA Stores and the CAA Car Care Centre at Regina Battery Depot.

Students & Pedestrians

  • Stop, look both ways, listen and think before safely crossing the street.
  • Never run out in traffic or between parked cars, buses, or buildings.
  • Keep your head up and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Refrain from visiting with friends when you are at an intersection ready to cross.
  • Don’t use your cell phone for texting, phoning, or playing games, while walking.
  • Keep your head up and be aware of your surroundings. Make eye contact with the drivers before proceeding into the intersection.
  • Watch for CAA School Safety Patrollers on duty and follow their instructions.
  • Walk on the sidewalk and cross at street corners with traffic lights or at a crosswalk.

Parents & Guardians

  • Teach children about the rules of the road – always stop, look both ways, listen and think before safely crossing the street.
  • Plan your child’s walking route to and from school and walk with them to better familiarize themselves with the school and surrounding area. 
  • Always have an older student or adult walk with younger children.
  • Good walking gear is important including comfortable shoes with traction.
  • Obey the “no stopping” zones in front of schools.
  • Know your route and talk with the school administrator in advance to determine drop off, pick-up, no stopping and parking zones. Use the designated drop off and pickup areas only.
  • Park a couple of blocks away to avoid traffic congestion and safely walk the rest of the way with your children. Don’t park illegally.

Motorists

  • Observe and obey the posted speed limits and hours that the speed limits are enforced.
  • Slow down in school zones; remain alert when driving near playgrounds and parks.
  • Avoid distracted driving and focus on the road. Drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash or near collision than non-distracted drivers.
  • Be aware of the CAA School Safety Patrollers on duty during school days.
  • Watch for school buses. Always stop for the buses’ flashing lights and wait for children to get safely on or off.
  • Stay alert and watch for children or parents crossing the road when the bus moves on.