Police StickyIt’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.

Drivers

  • 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.

Students

  • 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.

Parents

  • 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.

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