CAA SCO warns Ontarians to stay safe in school zones

Published: August 31, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones



CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) has published a press release warning drivers and pedestrians to be cautious in school zones and avoid distractions. The warning comes as Ontarians prepare to head back to school this fall.

The warning comes after a recent survey carried out for CAA SCO by Ipsos. The results showed around one-third of parents believe school zones to be unsafe. When considering what makes them unsafe, parents do not think about living area or school quality, but instead consider the traffic volume and dangerous driving.

Two in five respondents of the survey say they have witnessed or been involved in a traffic-related incident in a school zone.

"We can often make a daily routine like dropping off and picking up kids at school more stressful than it needs to be," said Elliott Silverstein, manager of government relations at CAA SCO. "We all have a role to play to keep our school zones safe and that starts with having patience, being attentive, and taking the time needed to interact safely in school zones."

The most frequent witnessed dangerous behaviour are pedestrian using a cellphone while crossing the street, or deciding to cross in an unsafe area. Drivers double parked, stopping in undesignated areas, and speeding are other common problems.

CAA SCO is reminding drivers to stay alert and remember to:

  • Don't engage in dangerous driving behaviour such as distracted driving, double parking, speeding or stopping in undesignated areas.
  • Don't talk or text on your phone or activities that may take your attention away from the road.
  • Always check for children on the sidewalk, driveway and behind your vehicle before backing up.
  • Slow down and pay extra attention in residential areas and school zones.
  • Be ready to stop at all times as children may dart out between parked vehicles.

Come to a complete stop for school buses when red lights are flashing. If you fail to do so, you could face a fine of up to $2,000 and six demerit points.