BCAA is out with a new study that indicates it’s the Wild West in school zones during drop-off and pick-up times, with parents speeding, ignoring road signs and putting kids at risk.
And the Insights West poll says the problem is getting worse.
Shawn Pettipas with BCAA says sixty-eight per cent of the parents of elementary school kids, principals, and teachers surveyed express deep concern for the safety of children.
“75 per cent say they’ve seen ‘near misses’ when a child is almost struck by a car, 83 per cent have witnessed parents speeding in school zones, 80 per cent have seen parents ignoring traffic signs and road rules, and 51 per cent report seeing hostile behaviour by parents that includes such things as honking and using profanities.”
The survey also found nearly 90 per cent of parents saw unsafe pickup and dropoffs – including kids running through traffic.
He says the simple fix is take your time and follow the school rules, including a return to 30-kilometer-per-hour school zone speed limits.