As the lazy days of summer come to an end and students are heading back to school, we all need to slow down and safely share the road with our student pedestrians. The inherent congestion of buses, vehicles, bikes and people in school zones make it especially important to follow a few precautions to help keep our students safe:
- Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits.
- Don’t drive distracted. Put your cell phone away.
- Watch out for school crossing guards and obey their signals.
- Don’t pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
- Don’t stop in the middle of the street to load or unload children.
- Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you. This could put them in the path of moving traffic.
- Stop for a school bus with its red overhead lights flashing. The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children. Stay far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.
- Use extreme caution when passing a bicycle or turning when a bicycle is present. Children riding bicycles often are not able to determine traffic conditions and have a tendency to turn without looking or signaling.
Also, please be courteous to our school neighbors and avoid blocking private driveways.
To help navigate traffic and improve safety, each school has drop-off and pick-up procedures on their website. Please make yourself aware of them.
By exercising a little extra caution, we can all help make our school zones safer for students.