Back to School SafetyAugust 27, 2018
As summer winds down, students across the country will be getting ready to go back to school with early morning and afternoon traffic increasing as a new school year begins. Unfortunately, an increase in traffic also increases the risk of car and pedestrian accidents. Reviewing the rules of the road before school is back in session can help reduce the risk of serious injuries from car and pedestrian accidents.
- Always wear a seatbelt and make sure all passengers are buckled up.
- All children under the age of 13 must ride in the back seat of a vehicle.
- Children should remain in a child-restraint seat until they exceed the recommended height and weight requirements.
- Do not allow passengers to eat or drink while the car is in motion.
- Never engage in distracted driving Leave your cell phone in your purse or in the glove box while driving a car.
- Obey local speed limit laws and traffic signs and signals.
- Ensure teenage drivers know the restrictions for the number of passengers allowed in the car and be ready to enforce these laws with consequences at home.
- Stand on the sidewalk or far back from the side of the road while waiting for the bus to arrive.
- Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and the driver to open the door before boarding.
- Always sit facing the front of the bus and buckle up.
- Do not eat or drink on the bus to avoid choking.
- Keep backpacks, feet, and arms out of the aisle.
- Remain seated and buckled up until the bus has come to a complete stop and the driver has signaled that it is time to disembark.
- Be sure to cross the street in front of the bus where the driver can see you and look both ways before crossing the street.
Walkers and Bicycles:
- Always travel on the sidewalk when one is available, and only cross the street where crossing guards or traffic lights are available.
- Walk and ride facing traffic, so drivers will see you, and you can be aware of the traffic flow.
- Never talk on the phone, text, or use electronic devices while walking or riding.
- Use bike lanes whenever available and always wear a helmet.
- Remind children to refrain from horseplay, such as pushing, shoving, or running while walking or riding their bike.
- Keep backpacks and clothing secured so they do not get caught in bike chains or become tripping hazards.
Serious and fatal injuries occur when car, school bus, or pedestrian accidents happen. Be sure that your student has a safe and healthy school year by reviewing safety precautions and the rules of the road before they head back to school.
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