Safety Tips to Remember as Kids Head Back to School

Summer is coming to an end and the kids will soon be back at school. With that, we have to pay extra attention to safety, especially in school zones. Remember these safety tips and share with those you care about.

From FYI Media:

·         Put away your cell phone.  Cell phone use is banned in active school zones, and violators face fines of up to $200.

·         Always obey school zone speed limits signs.  Citations for speeding in school zones are higher than those not written in school zones.

·         Drop off and pick up your children in your school’s designated areas, not in the middle of the street or in parking lots across the street.

·         Keep an eye on children gathered at bus stops.

·         Remember that children often behave unpredictably.  Be alert for children who might suddenly dart across the street or between vehicles.

·         Expect increased traffic in and around school zones, especially when parents and buses are delivering kids to school in the morning or picking them up in the afternoon.  Allow extra time in your schedule for drop off and pick up – particularly during the first few weeks of school when the whole process seems more chaotic.

·         Stop for flashing red lights on a school bus, regardless of which direction you are headed.  Only continue your trip once the bus has moved, the flashing lights stop flashing, or the bus driver signals that it is safe to pass.

·         When driving particularly near high school campuses, keep in mind that more of the motorists you encounter may new or inexperienced drivers.  Be patient, forgiving, and remember to practice your defensive driving techniques.