School zones may not be as safe as parents may think.
According to a new poll done by the Canadian Automobile Association as part of National School Safety Week, 64% of Canadians say they have seen at least one dangerous practice in school zones.
The most common behaviours are speeding, followed by texting while behind the wheel.
Almost 30% of drivers say they have witnessed a near miss or collision in a school zone, and more than half of those involved a child.
Those driving in school zones are reminded to obey speed limits, and avoid distractions such as a smartphone.
The CAA is also encouraging parents to park a block or so away from school, to drop off or pick up their kids, to help reduce congestion in busy school zones.
“Driving with caution in school zones is a message every Canadian driver needs to keep in mind all year round. School zones have changed a lot in a generation. Fewer children walk to school, which means more cars and buses crowd a small space in a relatively short period of time, making school zones harder to maneuver safely.” – Jeff Walker, VP Public Affairs, CAA National.