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Drivers are being asked to be extra attentive when driving in school speed zones, crosswalks, as well as loading and unloading areas for school buses and parent vehicles.

Authorities are requesting that drivers show some extra patience while on the roads, and say to give yourself plenty of time when driving around school zones.

Make sure to look for children when backing out of a driveway, leaving the garage and to slow down when driving through heavily populated streets.

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It’s also important for parents to remind their children who walk to school to walk while facing traffic, and those who ride bicycles to ride with the flow of traffic.

It is also extremely important that cyclists riding on the roads to obey the same rules and guidelines as vehicles.

However, authorities say that the onus is not only on drivers, but the parents as well, who must inform their children about the proper rules and safest ways to either walk or bike to school.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie of Fort St. John RCMP's Crime Prevention Unit, says the department puts a lot of focus on safety and as a result officers will be patrolling school zones more frequently throughout the city.

"We'll be paying extra attention. We do throughout the school year because we want people to remember the school zones. Sometimes it takes a police car sitting there in a school zone for people to recognize they need to slow down."

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