It’s Back to School time! That means lots of new and excited students, plus a few nervous parents, are on the streets and sidewalks, learning their new routines. Plus the weather is starting to get rainy and the days darker. Here are a few tips to help keep everyone safe.
- Obey the speed limit, especially 20 mph in school zones. When a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle going 20 mph, 9 out of 10 survive. If the vehicle is going 30 mph, only 5 out 10 survive.
- Stay very alert, especially at crosswalks and intersections near schools. Remember, whether painted or not, any intersection of streets is a legal crosswalk with the pedestrian having the right of way.
- If walking to school, walk in groups, wear bright clothing, look both ways at all crosswalks, and walk attentively.
- Do not get distracted by friends or phones (or playing Pokemon Go).
- If riding a bike, use your hand signals and obey all traffic laws. Remember, you’re like a car, and you must obey all stop signs.
- Encourage your children to follow safe practices.
- Model good behavior yourself, whether walking or driving.
- Consider walking young students to school.
- On those mornings when nothing is going right, remember that being tardy is not the worst thing in the world. Still drive carefully and alertly.