Moms and dads playing chauffeur for their school-aged children are putting lives at risk!
A study by York University and the Hospital for Sick Children has found that parents are breaking many road rules when dropping their children off at school in the morning and picking them up at the end of the day. This lack of respect for the rules has increased the chance of injury and has led to collisions involving children.
Parents are pulling U-turns, blocking wheelchair loading zones and fire truck routes, failing to fully stop or put their car in park as their offspring exit the vehicle, speeding, and committing other serious offences when transporting their children.
Some parents are forcing their kids to jaywalk in high traffic areas!
Parents become confrontational with principals, teachers and even the police officers who confront them on their lack of safety.
Authorities in Toronto say that while pedestrian collisions in the city are down, the numbers have actually increased for children aged 4 to 12.
What is the best way to avoid the chaos described above? If the situation warrants it, let your child walk to school.
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