"Leave early, drive slowly and live longer."
That's the advice Sergeant Jack West with the Toronto Police is offering to drivers and pedestrians for this school year.
The province of Ontario kicked off the Back to School Safety Campaign on Tuesday, a two week initiative that will focus on road-users who put children at risk due to their poor driving habits.
"There's a lot happening simultaneously in a school zone, so the drivers of cars have to slow their speed and watch out for the child that isn't looking out for them," warns Sgt.West. "Quite often the pedestrian may see the driver in the car, but that doesn't mean the driver necessarily sees them because of the climate, the weather or a fogged up window."
Meteorologists at The Weather Network say fall is a transitional season with temperature swings and fluctuating precipitation patterns. As a result, pedestrians should make it a priority to be visible at all times.
"I would suggest that you buy objects that you can hang on your outer coat or backpack that are reflective," says West.
It's also important to abide by the traffic rules, especially while riding a bike to and from school.
"Stop at stop signs and make sure that you have a light on your bike. A white or amber light to the front, and a red reflector to the rear," adds West.
For a closer look at the daily conditions in your area, head to the School Day forecast page.