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Slow down, watch out: Drivers reminded to use caution as more children play outside amid pandemic

Last Updated May 26, 2020 at 8:49 am PST

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BCAA is imploring drivers to use caution on the roads, especially with more kids playing outside

Survey finds many of us have noticed kids playing in different areas amid the COVID-19 pandemic

BCAA survey also finds nearly half of respondents have witnessed speeding, even in neighbourhoods, where kids play

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – With more kids playing outside in driveways, alleys and laneways during the COVID-19 pandemic, drivers are being reminded to slow down and watch out.

A survey for BCAA finds about half of us have noticed more children playing in different areas and many believe speeding and bad driving have also increased.

The Insights West poll finds 52 per cent of British Columbians are seeing more kids playing outside. Bike riding is also up, with 56 per cent noticing more kids riding around residential streets.

Nearly half of respondents say they have also witnessed excessive speeding, along with increased speeds in residential areas, with more than four-in-10 saying they’d seen drivers not obeying stop signs in school zones, many of which are in residential areas where kids play.

“We’ve heard challenges around where kids can play safely, and I’ve definitely noticed more kids playing around my own neighbourhood,” says Shawn Pettipas, BCAA’s Director of Community Engagement.

“Speeding cars, increasing traffic and more kids playing close to home at all times of the day could be a recipe for disaster.”

Pettipas implores drivers to slow down and drive safely and be aware that kids are playing close to home and can dart out from anywhere at anytime.

BCAA is asking parents to talk to their kids about not playing on or near the road, to supervise bike riding and to encourage kids to wear bright clothing and to always watch for cars.

It is also offering free “Slow Down Kids Playing” reflective lawn signs to anyone who wants one.