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    • When driving during the hours prior to school and at dismissal time be aware of traffic around the schools
    • Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic
    • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection
    • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign
    • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones,  and in all residential areas
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    • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
    • When passing a bicyclist, proceed in the same direction slowly, and leave at least 3 feet between your car and the cyclist
    • When turning left and a bicyclist is approaching in the opposite direction, wait for the rider to pass
    • If you're turning right and a bicyclists is approaching from behind on the right, let the rider go through the intersection first, and always use your turn signals
    • Watch for bike riders turning in front of you without looking or signaling; children especially have a tendency to do this
    • Be extra vigilant in school zones and residential neighborhoods
    • Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars
    • Check side mirrors before opening your door

     

     Passing School Busses
     

    • Never pass a bus from behind or from either direction if you're on an undivided road if it is stopped to load or unload children
    • If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop
    • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus
    • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks
    • If dropping your child off at school, be aware of school rules regarding student drop offs, most schools ask that you do not drop off your child in the same area as the bus drop off.
    • Don't double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles
    • Don't load or unload children across the street from the school

     

     Rules for Student Pedestrians
     

    • Always walk on the sidewalk if one is available; if a child must walk on the street, he or she should face oncoming traffic
    • Never walk while texting or talking on the phone
    • If texting, move out of the way of others and stop on the sidewalk
    • Never cross the street while using an electronic device
    • Do not walk with headphones on
    • Be aware of the surroundings
    • Look left, right, then left again before crossing the street
    • Cross only at crosswalks
    • While at your bus stop: do not run into traffic
    • Arrive to your bus stop early
    • Never walk behind the bus
    • Make sure the bus comes to a complete stop before trying to enter or exit the bus

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    References

     

     Back to school safety tips for parents, students and drivers - D.A.R.E. America. (2014, August 31). Retrieved from http://www.dare.org/back-school-safety-tips-parents-students-drivers/

     

    Head Up, Phone Down When Headed Back to School. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/back-to-school-safety-tips.aspx.

    Slow Down: Back to School Means Sharing the Road. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/back-to-school-safety-tips-for-drivers.aspx