Students team up with York Regional Police to ask drivers to slow down in school zones

During the first week of October, Grade 5 students from four York Catholic schools joined forces with York Regional Police (YRP) to help enforce the rules of the road, and remind motorists to slow down in school zones. Participating schools included: St. John Paul II CES and St. Elizabeth Seton CES in Newmarket, St. Padre Pio CES in Woodbridge and Prince of Peace CES in Keswick.

The officers and students were trying to educate drivers on the importance of driving carefully in school zones, especially during school hours, as part of the YRP’s Primary Traveller Program. Prior to each school’s event, the students created signs that promote road safety and included messages for drivers such as, “thank you for not speeding,” “please remember to stop for school buses,” and “slow down, I go to school here!”  YRP officers gave fake tickets to motorists with driver safety tips.

York Catholic thanks YRP for the work it does in keeping our roads safety. We would like to remind all motorists to:

  • drive courteously and defensively,
  • obey school zone speed limits and crossing guards,
  • watch carefully for children who may not be watching themselves,
  • avoid speeding in residential neighbourhoods,
  • obey the laws governing school buses,
  • never text and drive, and
  • never drive while intoxicated.

Let’s work together to keep school zones safe.