Welcome back to school~safety tips

Welcome Back to School~2019/2020 is going to be a great year!  Here are a few reminders about driving safely especially during morning and afternoon school times.

School bus safety reminders~ Motorists are required to stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arms extended. Check out the different scenarios in the bus photo below to help understand the rules. Be alert! The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Children walking to and from their bus are usually very comfortable with their surroundings and more likely to take risks, ignore hazards, or fail to look both ways when crossing the street.

~Slow down in residential areas. Watch for children crossing the street and congregating near bus stops.

~Always stop when directed to do so by a school patrol sign, school patrol officer, or designated crossing guard.

~Parents please also talk to your kids about safe walking, bike riding, and bus riding safety.

~According to the Transportation Research Board, a division or the National Academy of Sciences, every year nearly 100 children are killed walking to or from school. The afternoon hours being especially dangerous, nearly 1 in 4 child pedestrian deaths have happened before 3pm and 7pm.

~For more tips on school safety check out the National Safety Council’s Back to School Safety Checklist.  https://bit.ly/2KIPh8T

Watch your speed in school zones! Be aware that school zone speed limits may vary in hours and speeds. Be sure to follow what is posted.
Do not pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. Traffic in both directions on undivided highways must stop when students are entering or exiting a school bus. On a divided roadway, all traffic behind the school bus must stop.