Our traffic safety focus for the month of September is Back to School.
As children head back to school after the summer break, the roads will be getting busier this September. Drivers should allow plenty of time for their commute and exercise extra caution, especially when driving in school zones and playground zones. Children may be walking or biking to and from school, or getting on and off school buses.
Back to school facts:
About 6,000 school buses in Alberta safely transport almost 300,000 children to and from school every weekday.
Collisions involving school buses are more likely to occur during the morning than later in the day. Over 40 percent of collisions involving school buses occurred between the hours of 7:00 am and 11:00 am (2017/18 school year).
About half of the drivers involved in collisions with school buses committed a driver error, the most common of which was following too closely.
68.4 percent of casualty collisions and 92.8 percent of property damage collisions involving a school bus occurred in urban areas.