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As summer days grow shorter, communities across America
will soon be observing that timeless annual ritual: the first day of school.
It’s a time when parents breathe a sigh of relief and students and teachers
anticipate new beginnings and new challenges.
Unfortunately, the beginning of school is also a time when
children are at increased risk of transportation related injuries from
pedestrian, bicycle, school bus, and motor vehicle crashes because there are
many more children on the road each morning and afternoon and many drivers’
patterns change. Shorter daylight hours make it especially difficult to see
young pedestrians and bicyclists. So as schools open their doors, it’s time for
everyone – motorists, parents, educators, and students – to improve their
traffic safety practices. The following tips can help make this a safe and happy
school year for the whole community.
Tips for Motorists
When a school bus or children are
present slow down and proceed with caution, obeying all traffic laws and speed
Always stop for a school bus that has
stopped to load or unload passengers. Red flashing lights and an extended stop
arm tell you the school bus is stopped to load or unload children. Under certain
conditions State Law requires you to stop.
If you are on a two-lane
roadway, you must stop.
If you are on a roadway that
has two or more travel lanes traveling in each direction and you are traveling
the same direction as the bus, you must stop.
If you are on a roadway that
has at least two or more travel lanes traveling in each direction and you are
approaching, meeting the bus, you do not have to stop, merely proceed with
Be alert and ready to
stop. Watch for children walking in the street, especially where there are no
sidewalks. Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops. Watch for
children arriving late for the bus, who may dart into the street without looking
for traffic. When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch for
children walking or biking to school.
When driving in
neighborhoods or school zones, watch for young people who may be in a hurry to
get to school and may not be thinking about getting there safely.
Tips for Parents
Help your children learn
and practice the safety rules for walking, bicycling, or riding in a passenger
car, school bus or transit bus.
Supervise young children
as they are walking or biking to school or as they wait at the school bus stop.
Be a good role model,
especially when you are with your kids. Always buckle up in the car, always wear
a helmet when biking, and always follow pedestrian safety rules.
Tips for Students
Always buckle up when
you’re riding in a car.
Always ride in the back
seat. It’s the safest place for young people.
Always wear a helmet and
follow traffic safety rules when riding your bike.
If you ride a school bus,
learn and practice the safety rules for waiting at the bus stop, getting on and
off the bus, and riding the bus.
If you walk to school,
learn and practice the safety rules for pedestrians. Always cross at cross
walks, obey all traffic signs, traffic lights and safety patrol
Be a good role model for
your younger brothers and sisters and friends, and help them learn and practice the safety rules.