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Student placards drive home ‘slow down in school zone’ message

A Community Policing volunteer checks the speed of a driver headed through the school zone at Westwood Elementary school Wednesday. School is back in and the volunteers were helping RCMP remind motorists to slow down in school zones. Bill Phillips photo

Mike Burt, program coordinator with Prince George Community Policing, with one of the posters Westwood Elementary school students made reminding drivers to slow down around schools. Bill Phillips photo

School is back in session and that means school zones are in effect.

Prince George RCMP, along with Community Policing volunteers, and ICBC staff were out in force at Westwood Elementary Wednesday morning, reminding motorists to slow down.

Students at Westwood Elementary also got in the act with some artwork reminding motorists to slow down that was made into placards to hand out to drivers.

“As community school coordinators, we’re always looking for ways to engage with our community partners, bring them into our schools,” said Erica McLean, adding it helps the students get involved in the broader community.

The school gave the students some ideas, explained to them what the program was, and asked them to draw what was meaningful to them. What was meaningful? Adults cannot speed.

“They really took that message and ran with it,” said McLean.

Remember that school zones are now in effect.

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