Surrey partners join forces for Back to School safety
September 16, 2015
On Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 the Surrey RCMP along with the City of Surrey, Surrey School District, ICBC, and the Surrey Crime Prevention Society participated in a public awareness event to bring attention to traffic and pedestrian safety as kids head back to school this week.
As part of the event, the “Think of Me” education and enforcement campaign was launched at Ecole Martha Currie Elementary school in Cloverdale. This campaign involves Surrey RCMP officers, handing out special handmade warnings, created by Surrey students, to drivers as a visible reminder to ‘think of me’ and drive safely. The campaign will run until September 15th at various schools across the city.
“We work closely with our community partners to ensure our roadways are safe – particularly around school zones where our youngest residents are walking and riding,” says Surrey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann. “Most officers have a certain degree of tolerance, but school zones and playground zones are a different matter. Many of us have unfortunately seen the devastating impacts of tragic traffic collisions.”
During the 2013-2014 school year, Surrey Mounties wrote over 1,000 tickets for speeding in a school zone with over 100 of those tickets being issued during the first week of school. Statistics show that, on average, two child pedestrians aged 5 to 18 are killed and 42 are injured in car crashes in Surrey every year.
“As the largest school district in BC, Surrey has completed approximately 580 projects in the past four years to specifically improve safety in and around our schools at a cost of $12 million,” says City of Surrey Councillor Dave Woods. “As part of our Safe and Active Schools Program, we continue to review the traffic and pedestrian data around all schools to better implement educational, enforcement, and infrastructure improvements.”
“We all need to be very mindful of the fact that literally thousands of young children are on the roadsides throughout the city making their way to and from school each day through the school week, ”says Surrey Board of Education chairperson Shawn Wilson. “Young children can be unpredictable and driving slowly in school zones is absolutely a must.”
“We’re encouraging parents to review the rules of the road with their children and go over their daily route to and from school, ”says Karen Klein, ICBC Road Safety Coordinator. “Drivers should expect more traffic and watch for children, especially in or around school zones.”
For more safety tips and information please visit the following websites:
Cpl. Scotty Schumann
Media Relations Officer
Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit
City of Surrey
Surrey School District
Road Safety Coordinator
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia