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Posted on: August 24, 2017

Driving to Work? Watch for Flashing School Zone Lights

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Bells are or soon will be ringing the glad, glad news that the new school year is underway. Whether you have a child enrolled or not, police departments everywhere are reminding motorists to be alert to school zone active hours. Per Plano Police Public Information Officer David Tilley’s post, “We will have officers in school zones conducting enforcement to keep everyone safe. You can definitely expect more traffic than usual around schools so be on high alert for kids walking and riding.”

The National Safety Council suggests drivers remember these safety tips:

If You're Dropping Off

Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures; make sure you know them.

  • Don't double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles
  • Don't load or unload children across the street from the school
  • Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school

Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians

  • Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light, forcing pedestrians to go around you
  • Stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection in school zones
  • Stop for a crossing guard holding up a stop sign
  • Look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks and residential areas
  • Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
  • Avoid hitting pedestrians

Sharing the Road with School Buses

If you're driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus stopped to load or unload children.

  • 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

Parents of young ones who will be biking to school should observe some safety tips as well. Tilley continues, “We have been so fortunate in past years to keep accidents related to this down. Education and awareness play a crucial part in continuing this. PLEASE remember to slow down, plan ahead for delays and drive safe.”

See David's helpful videohere.

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