On Sept. 3, at 8:15 p.m., Trail and Greater District RCMP received a report that a five-year-old Trail boy and a eight-year-old Trail girl had wandered away from their residences in the 1900 block of Seventh Avenue in Trail. RCMP officers conducted patrols and located the two children unharmed in 1500 block of Bay Avenue in downtown Trail. The children were apparently trying to get to Castlegar to visit one of their friends. An RCMP officer spoke to the children about the dangers of leaving their homes without an adult. The boy and girl returned safely home to their relieved parents.
Trail RCMP ask parents to speak to their children about safe routes to and from home now that school has started. Map it out with them if you can!
Please review the following safely rules for when children are walking alone or in groups without adult supervision:
- Always use the crosswalk or designed crossing locations whenever possible.
- Always wait for the traffic lights to indicate it is safe for you to cross the road.
- Always listen to the school crossing guard to tell you when it is safe to cross the road.
- Stop, look, and listen before crossing the road to ensure traffic had stopped for you and it is safe to cross.
Drivers can help by:
- Be alert and watch out for school age children. Children can be unpredictable and not realized the hazards and risks to them on the roadway.
- Obey all traffic speed limits and signs.
- Taking the initiative to slow down and share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Do not block crosswalks with your vehicle.
- Never pass a school bus when it is stopped to pick up and drop off children. This is one of the greatest risks to children being hurt or killed. If the bus has its yellow or red lights flashing and the stop sign arm is extended, all traffic on both sides must come to a complete stop.
- Be patience and kind to others in school drop off and pick up zones.