Help to keep children safe

The Streetskill committee is reminding drivers they must stop for school busses when they come to a halt to let children on and off.

Under the traffic law, when a school bus has its lights flashing, has slowed down or has stopped to allow children to get on or off, drivers are NOT permitted to pass the bus. This

applies to vehicles approaching the bus from the front (i.e. oncoming traffic) as well as those at the rear.

In addition, motorists are asked to pay attention to the 15 mph speed limits which have been set in dedicated school zones to ensure the safety of youngsters. At certain times of the day, outside schools, warning lights flash indicating to drivers that they need to drive 15 mph or less for short stretches of road ranging from 200 feet to 700 feet in length.

Drivers have been observed putting children at risk by not slowing down during the busy pick-up and drop-off times. Lights have been programmed to flash between 7:30am and 8:45am depending on the school location, and between 2:30pm and 3:30pm in the afternoon.

The Streetskill campaign was launched in May 2006 by the RCIPS, the National Roads Authority and the Cayman Islands Road Safety Advisory Council and aims to raise awareness of road safety issues.

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