Thousands of kids and parents across the region are about to get a break from their alarm clocks.
High school students are already done for the year, and Wednesday marks the last day of school for elementary students since Thursday is a PA Day and Friday is the Canada Day holiday.
London Police are once again reminding for drivers to be extra cautious on the roads, especially in residential areas and school zones, as some little ones may let their excitement get the best of them.
Sgt. Amanda Pfeffer wants to make sure everyone has a great start to their summer vacation.
“We will be out, we will be in school zones, we will be watching for motorists committing infractions, and we will be looking for opportunities to speak to the little people about pedestrian and cycling safety,” she said.
Pfeffer said parents also have a role to play in promoting safety.
“It’s important for parents to talk to their kids as well about road safety, and ensuring that they themselves set a really good example for their children,” she said. “We frequently see little ones crossing the street outside of intersections, not using the designated cross walks and ensuring that they’re following the lights and signals appropriately.”
Another common infraction Police encounter involves cyclists.
“We still regularly see young ones that aren’t wearing bicycle helmets,” she said. “Really, there’s no excuse not to equip your child with a bicycle helmet. If they don’t have a bicycle helmet, they are not to be riding a bicycle. It is the law that anyone under the age of 16 years be equipped with a bicycle helmet.”