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Police urging drivers to be cautious near school zones

TORONTO, Ont. – Police officers will be paying particular attention to offences committed in school zones.

Sergeant Tim Burrows with Toronto Police Traffic Services said drivers need to be aware that kids can make mistakes too.

“Children are small, sometimes they make mistakes and cross between cars, so drivers have to be ready for children making that spontaneous movement,” he told 680News.

Sgt. Burrows said the easiest way to avoid an accident is to slow down.

“If the speed limit is 40 kilometres per hour, what’s wrong with going 10 per cent slower? It’s only 4 km per hour.”

One of the common mistakes that police noticed last school year was the failure of drivers to stop for school buses with flashing red lights.

Drivers can be fined $400 to $2000 and six demerit points for a first offence.

Meanwhile, a school zone in West Vancouver is using an optical illusion to drive the message home about traffic safety.

Motorists travelling on 22nd Street will be confronted with a 3D image of a little girl chasing a ball in the street starting Tuesday. 

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