Police beef up patrols near Evans Road school

Children in the Evans Road elementary school crosswalk have come close to being hit by drivers four times in the last two months.

Children in the Evans Road elementary school crosswalk have come close to being hit by drivers four times in the last two months.

The near-misses have occurred as drivers turn onto Knight Road from Evans Road, RCMP Const. Tracy Wolbeck said.

“The drivers are actually trying to beat the kids in the crosswalk, and turning in front of them, almost hitting them in the process,” she said.

The RCMP is reminding motorists to slow down, and pay extra attention to school zones and crosswalks where children may be crossing.

Wolbeck said the “psychological burden” of hitting a child “far outweigh” any fine the RCMP could impose, but “we want people to be aware we are increasing our presence” in the Evans Road area.

“Safety is our primary concern,” she said.