For Immediate Release: August 31, 2012
Waterloo Region, ON – The last long weekend of summer is almost here and Waterloo Regional Police encourage the community to ensure that safety is a top priority and offer the following tips:
• Motorists are reminded to leave plenty of time to reach their destination, reduce distractions, follow the rules of road and drive only when sober.
• Cyclists are reminded to remain aware of their surroundings and obey signs and signals
• Pedestrians should use sidewalks or walk facing traffic and cross only in designated areas
• Homeowners who will be away should advise a trusted person to check on their residence during their absence
• Drivers should ensure their parked vehicles are locked and valuables removed
Waterloo Regional Police would like to urge all members of the community to increase their awareness and level of caution as children return to school on Tuesday, September 4. Drivers are reminded to watch for children on foot and on bicycles as well as additional activity near bus stops and around school zones.
Drivers are also reminded of their obligation to stop in both directions for school buses when they see the overhead red warning signals and the flashing stop sign.
School crossing guards will be on duty during the upcoming school year and motorists should be extra cautious whenever children are present.
Parents and caregivers are encouraged to promote safety with their children and remind them to stay alert while on the school bus, and while walking or riding to and from school. The start of school season is a great opportunity to go over street-proofing tips and safety strategies with children. Street-proofing tips and personal safety tips can be found on our website.
The Waterloo Regional Police Service is dedicated to ensuring the safety of all children. Together with parents, caregivers and our community partners, we can help make safety the top priority throughout the school year.
Inspector Kevin Thaler, Executive Officer
(519) 650-8500 ext. 8713
Olaf Heinzel, Public Affairs Coordinator
(519) 650-8500 ext. 8773