Back to School Safety
With summer ending and the start of school just around the corner, drivers need to do their part to keep kids safe as they walk and bike to school. Whether you are taking your kids to school or just driving through a school zone, you can do your part to keep kids safe.
Here are some simple reminders for drivers:
- Slow down and be especially alert in the residential neighborhoods and school zones
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and curbs
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
- Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours
- Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving
Reminder for kids:
- Cross the street with an adult until you are at least 10 years old
- Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
- Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars
- Make sure you always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see you
Children ages 5 to 9 are at the greatest risk from traffic-related pedestrian death and injury.
Pedestrian injuries are the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages
5 to 14.
Never allow children under age 10 to cross streets alone.
Instruct children to look left-right-left again when crossing a street and to continue looking as they cross.
Teach children to walk facing traffic, as far to the left as possible, when sidewalks are not available.
Require children to wear retro-reflective materials and carry a flashlight at dawn and dusk.
Prohibit play in driveways, in unfenced yards, in streets or parking lots.
Always model and teach proper pedestrian behavior.
Teach children to obey traffic signs and signals.
Always cross at crosswalks or intersections.