Please Exercise Caution Driving in School Zones and Parks

As school returns in session, I would like to take a moment to remind residents to be courteous when driving in school zones, residential areas near parks and be mindful of school buses. I have received a number of complaints from residents and we all need to be part of make our roads safe.

It is imperative that we all practice road safety, including:

  • Coming to a full and complete stop at stop signs and when turning right on a red light.
  • Yielding to pedestrians at Pedestrian Crossovers (PXOs) and roundabouts, pedestrians have the right of way.
  • Be aware of pedestrians crossing at intersections, and ensure pedestrians are no longer in the intersection before proceeding – this is the law. This has been raised as a safety concern at Stittsville Main and Beverly Street as well as other areas of the community.
  • Stop for school buses when lights are flashing. If there is no median on the street, then you must stop in BOTH directions when the school bus lights turn on.   It is very difficult to hear how many drivers are NOT following this rule on Hazeldean Road with buses stopping to pick up/drop off children at the Imagination Station school. Be aware when driving, when you see the lights flashing STOP.
  • Be respectful of school crossing guards, they are assisting in keeping the children safe.
  • Educate your children on pedestrian and cycling safety and ensure they check before crossing roads even if they have the right of way. Pedestrians and cyclists must follow the rules of the roads we well.

Always ensure that you are cognizant of all surroundings before proceeding through an intersection or making a turn. I have received reports of cars driving through red lights as well.

Be aware at all times. For additional School Zone Traffic Safety information please visit here.

I will also be continuing my review of areas of concern with Ottawa Police and the City of Ottawa. If you have an area of concern, please let me know and also please report it to the Police.  The greater number of reports the Police receive assists the Police in identifying an area of concern and they can allocate officers to the area.  You can report online here and if there is a specific time or day that is a concern let us know.

Thank you for your help in protecting those we love.