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Back to School Safety Tips

Aug 23, 2019

Back to School Safety Tips

The start of a new school year brings all sorts of school supplies, new friends, fun activities....but it can also be a dangerous time of year, especially for young children.

Every day in the U.S. more than 40 kids are hit by a vehicle while walking. That’s more than 15,000 children injured each year.

Drivers, please remember these important safety tips:

  1. Never pass a bus from behind. Cars should never pass a stopped school bus loading and unloading children when the stop sign is extended and its lights are flashing.
  2. Don’t block crosswalks. When at a stop sign or traffic light be sure to stop behind the marked white line on the road before the crosswalk. When vehicles stop in the crosswalk, it causes pedestrians to go around the vehicle putting them in the path of moving traffic.
  3. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  4. Respect the crossing guard. Most of the time, crossing guards are kids, so be especially careful when driving. Crossing guards are placed at intersections where children are most at risk. If a crossing guard gives you a signal to stop or wait, please follow this instruction.
  5. Reduce your speed. Always assume there are children present during school hours and obey the posted reduced speed limit signs. 
  6. Don’t drive distracted. Children - and even other vehicles - can be unpredictable. A moment’s delay in reaction time can be the difference between an a near-miss or a deadly collision.

Be Safe....and Have a Happy, Healthy School Year!