Traffic Safety in School Zones
The Town of Newmarket has various programs and measures in place to ensure traffic safety in school safety zones. These include:
Crossing Guards are responsible for the provision of traffic control services at designated locations and times throughout the Town to ensure pedestrians; in particular school children are safely crossing roadways. Drivers are reminded to take caution in school zones and to look and listen for the crossing guards' stop sign and whistles. Whistle Signals are as follows:
First whistle: the guard proceeds to the centre of the roadway to stop traffic
Second whistle: the guard sounds this when traffic has completely stopped, to advise children that it is now safe to cross the roadway
Third whistle: the guard sounds this when the children and the guard have safely crossed the road, indicating to the driver(s) that it is now safe to proceed
Respect our Neighbours
When dropping off your children at school, please remember:
- Do not park in or block residential driveways when dropping off your children at school
- Do not use residential driveways to turn around in.
- Participate in the "walk-a-block" initiative by parking on a side-street adjacent to a school, and then walk the student to school.
- Be a model citizen for your children and treat others' property as you would like your own to be treated
Kiss and Ride Programs
Kiss and Ride programs are designated areas on the school property that are separate from school bus loading and unloading areas. Not all school sites are designed with a Kiss and Ride program, please check with your child's school for more information.
Kiss and Ride programs can provide an alternative to parking on municipal streets or in school parking lots.
Do not park or leave your vehicle unattended in the Kiss and Ride Area. Kiss and Ride areas are designed to ease congestion and keep traffic moving in the mornings and afternoons
Traffic Signs in School Zones
Familiarize yourself with the following common traffic signs that you may encounter in school zones. Traffic laws include traffic signs and pedestrian signals that tell drivers and other road users what they must do in certain locations - like a school zone. This section highlights many of the signs you see around the Town of Newmarket school zones to help keep everyone safe.
York Regional Police's Road Watch Program
York Regional Police's Road Watch Program provides residents with the means to report dangerous or unlawful driving behaviour such as speeding, unsafe lane changing, disobeying traffic lights and stop signs. The Town is working closely with York Regional Police to ensure that noted 'hot spots' and new locations as identified by residents are monitored and enforced.
To report aggressive, dangerous or unlawful driving behaviour in Newmarket, report it to the Road Watch Program here.
For more information on the Road Watch program, please contact York Regional Police at 1-866-876-5423.