School is back in session this week, which means that drivers need to practice safe driving in school zones. You may see our firefighters at local schools to not only welcome students back, but also to remind drivers to slow down in school zones and obey posted speed limits.
Drivers also need to be on the lookout for children and families around schools, especially on nearby sidewalks and crosswalks. Remember to drive safely around loading and unloading school buses and to never pass a bus with a stop sign or flashing red lights. Drivers must always stop at least 10 feet away from a school bus to allow families to get to and from the bus safely.
As for parents with little ones returning to school, it is key to teach children how to safely comply with pedestrian rules. By practicing safe walking habits, children can have a safe and easy journey to school. Remind little ones to always walk on the sidewalk and to only cross the road on designated crosswalks. Practice road crossings with children by teaching them where to cross, how to correctly look both ways on the road and to always make eye contact with drivers before entering the road. Also make sure children are never distracted while crossing the street, especially on their phones or with friends.
Back to school is also an important reminder for safe teen driving. Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens, so remind them to stay focused while behind the wheel and never be distracted by a phone while driving. Encourage them to put their phones in a safe place while in the car and always practice safe and focused driving around your teens to ensure that they are taught by good examples.
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