Back-to-school means change in dynamic on the roads, police say

Ottawa Police are reminding drivers this week that students are heading back to school, and they say that means a change in dynamic on the roads.

Const. Chuck Benoit with Ottawa Police says when kids go back to school, their parents go back to work and that means more vehicles on the road, and school busses which are larger vehicles than people are used to dealing with.

He says a lot of the infractions on the roads at back-to-school time don't come from pedestrians or cyclists, but from drivers.

"We want the public to know and the commuters to take their time when they're approaching school zones or communities when there are a lot of families," he said. "There's going to be a lot of busses stopping and picking up kids or dropping them off."

Benoit says there are things kids need to look out for when heading back to class too.  Police are reminding them to use designated crosswalks near their schools and to wear helmets if they're taking their bikes.

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