Children are back in school; be careful driving | In Our Opinion

Children have returned to school. Be extra cautious when driving, and make sure your children know the safety rules for traveling by bicycle, bus and foot to and from school.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends ...

— If your child’s school bus has lap or shoulder seat belts, make sure your child uses one at all times when in the bus.

Children should:
— Wait for the bus to stop before approaching it.
— Check to see that no other traffic is coming before crossing the street to enter the bus.
— Make sure to always remain in clear view of the bus driver.

— All car passengers should wear a seat belt or use an age- and size-appropriate car safety seat or booster seat. Children should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle’s seat belt fits properly (usually when the child reaches about 4 feet 9 inches in height and is between 8 to 12 years of age).
— All children younger than 13 should ride in the rear seat. If you must drive with more children than can fit in the rear seat (when carpooling, for example), move the front-seat passenger’s seat as far back as possible and have the child ride in a booster seat if the seat belts do not fit properly without it.

— Always wear a bicycle helmet.
— Ride on the right, in the same direction as auto traffic.
— Use appropriate hand signals.
— Respect stop signs.
— Wear bright colored clothing to increase visibility.
— Know the “rules of the road.”

— Make sure your child’s walk to school is on a safe route.
— Be realistic about your child’s pedestrian skills.  Because small children can be impulsive and less cautious around traffic, carefully consider whether your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision.
— Bright-colored clothing will make your child more visible to drivers.We wish our students a safe and productive school year.


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