School Zone Safety Precautions

The National Safety Council (NSC) is calling on motorists to slow down and share the road to improve back-to-school safety for kids this fall. With the summer season coming to an end, children are getting ready to go back to school. Drivers are reminded to slow down in school zones, in residential areas and anywhere there might be children present. Additionally, it’s not just enough to slow down in school zones. Drivers also need to exercise additional caution and remain alert and vigilant in any areas where children could be.

Back to School Bus Safety

In addition to slowing down in school zones and watching out for child pedestrians, drivers also need to safely share the road with school buses again. As soon as school starts up, drivers can expect to see big yellow school buses out during their morning and afternoon commutes. Drivers are reminded to exercise additional caution when driving near school buses and in school zones. Listed below are some of the NSC’s top tips for sharing the road with school buses this fall.

Sharing the Road with School Buses

  • Never pass a bus from behind, or from either direction if the road is undivided, if it is stopped to load or unload kids.
  • If the yellow are red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.
  • The 10-foot bubble around the school bus is the most dangerous area for children. Stop far enough back to allow space for them to safely enter and exit the bus.
  • Be alert, kids are unpredictable and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.

Distracted Driving Kills

Ultimately, the most important thing you can do to improve child safety during the back-to-school season is to completely refrain from texting or engaging in any other type of distraction behind the wheel. If you’re sending or reading a text, you’re not looking at the road. A child can dart out into the roadway in a matter of seconds, and you need to remain vigilant, so you’re prepared to stop or engage in an evasive or defensive driving maneuver in the event of an emergency.

If your child has been injured at the bus stop or on a school bus, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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