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Child seats and school zones: Coquitlam RCMP makes driving habits the focus of back-to-school campaign

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Coquitlam RCMP launching campaign aimed at student safety as families prepare for back-to-school

Campaign's focus is on distracted driving and safely seating children in vehicles

Coquitlam RCMP initiate new initiative to make this year's back-to-school season the safest possible

COQUITLAM (NEWS 1130) – Better driving habits are the focus of a new Coquitlam RCMP campaign as students head back to school next week.

The goal, according to Mounties, is to make this year’s back-to-school season the “safest possible.”

Starting Tuesday, the campaign will educate parents about distracted driving and teach them about how to use a car seat safely.

“We’ve noticed a lot of children who are not being appropriately protected in vehicles,” said Corporal Michael McLaughlin in a news release Wednesday morning.

RCMP enforcement officers and volunteers, along with ICBC Child Passenger Safety Technicians, will spread the word at more than a dozen schools throughout the Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam area on Tuesday through to Thursday, Sept. 5, and then again from Monday, Sept. 9 until Friday, Sept. 13.

In addition, a distracted driving event will be held in various locations around the community on Friday, Sept. 6.

“Traffic is always an important issue for people in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, but we’d like everyone to understand it’s not just ‘other people’ who are the problem,” Corporal McLaughlin said.

“We could all improve. We’re encouraging drivers to bring their best driving behaviors for back-to-school and to be open to developing new and better habits in the future.”

Meantime, a child safety event will be held at the Coquitlam Town Centre Park starting on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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