With young children in elementary school and pre-school, I have occasion to be in school zones and community school zones regularly. I drive my children to school in the morning. The areas around the school are clearly designated as school zones and community safety area, with reduced speed limits. There are elementary school kids and high school children walking to school in plain view. Despite the signs, and the presence of kids, some drivers continue to speed through the areas as if they are on a rural road. Many of these drivers are travelling at more than double the posted speed limit.
As a personal injury lawyer serving Toronto and the GTA, I have seen far too many tragic cases involving school children and other pedestrians struck by cars. There are good reasons for motorists to be warned to slow down and exercise caution near schools. One important reason is that kids simply are not as experienced as adults and, generally, kids are less able to protect themselves from the dangers of vehicle traffic. We all know that children do not appreciate and recognize dangers the same way that an adult does.
Drive With Extra Caution
Ontario school-age children will be returning to school and with the resumption of school, there will be many school children walking to and from school. For drivers, it is important to drive with extra caution and attention, particularly during morning and afternoon and in residential and school areas. Keep in mind that young children are unable to fully comprehend and appreciate the risks of crossing streets. Children are also far less able to predict the path of vehicles due to their lack of experience. Although some intersections have crossing guards, the majority of streets around schools are not guarded and children will be crossing independently.
Sadly, Toronto and the GTA has had tragedies in recent years as school children have been struck by cars while walking to and from school. Let's all do our part to make sure the return to school is safe and enjoyable for our children.
To all of our Ontario teachers and students, we wish you a safe and enjoyable school year!
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Andrew Iacobelli is an experienced personal injury lawyer who established Iacobelli Law Firm with offices located in Ontario, Canada and Florida, U.S.A. Andrew restricts his practice to the representation of personal injury victims in claims involving serious injuries and wrongful death in Canada and the United States. Andrew is the author of "Are You a Canadian Injured in the United States? Claim the Damages and Insurance Coverage the Right Way".
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