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Keep It Safe Around School Zones: MPI

September 5, 2012 1:28 PM | News

By Tyler Sutherland

With the majority of kids now back in school across the province, Manitoba Public Insurance is reminding drivers to use extra caution while on the road.

“The return of students results in a dramatic increase in pedestrian and cycling activity in many neighbourhoods,” said Ward Keith of MPI. “Unfortunately, more than 4,000 Canadian children are hit yearly by motor vehicles while playing outdoors or walking to school.”

MPI warns drivers to look well ahead to spot school buses and school zone signs, reduce speed in school zones, and wait for children to cross completely before proceeding.

“Young children in particular may not comprehend the dangers associated with crossing a street unsafely,” Keith added. “The onus of responsibility lies with parents and motorists to ensure everyone gets to school safely.”