Schools in our area are starting to open for the beginning of the new school year. With that said, we want to remind you to please be watchful around schools. Slow down and pay attention when kids are present – especially before and after school!
Here are some safety measures to follow from the National Safety Council:
Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children
If the yellow or red lights on a school bus are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop
In a school zone when road sign flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection
Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign
Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
Don’t block a 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
When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave 3 feet between your car and the cyclist
Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this
Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars
Drivers on our roadways need to remember that they share the roads with children who are taking the bus, walking, or biking to school. We all need to be watchful as these young “commuters” may not be easy to see and may be unpredictable.