Summer is drawing to a close. Children are going back to school, and the lives of families can get hectic. It is important to ensure that all children are safe as they are going to and from school. Whether children are walking or riding the bus or a bike, everyone needs to use extra care to make certain that everyone gets where they need to go safely.
Each year, there are approximately 134 fatalities related to school transportation, and many of them are children. Many of these accidents can be avoided with proper regard for safety.
For drivers, it is important to remember the following tips:
- Never drive past a school bus that is loading or unloading children. When the bus is stopped and its red lights are flashing, you are required by law to stop and wait.
- The 10 feet around the bus is the most dangerous for bus riders. All drivers should stop back far enough so children can enter and leave the bus safely.
- Do not block a crosswalk with your vehicle.
- Yield to all pedestrians in a crosswalk and be extra careful in school zones.
Teenaged drivers often have the most accidents due to their inexperience. They can have difficulty judging space in traffic and tend to speed more often than older drivers. As a parent, it is important for you to go over driving safety with your teen driver, especially when children are going back to school.
For children who walk to school, these safety tips are critical:
- Make sure you always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk in the street as close as possible to the side. Walk against traffic so you can see cars coming.
- Before you cross a street, look left, right and left again.
- Do not run out in front of a parked car. You will not be able to see oncoming traffic.
- Do not use your cell phone for texting or talking while walking to or from school.
- Do not use headphones while you walk.
For bike riders, these safety tips are important:
- Always wear an approved helmet and have it secured properly.
- Always ride your bike on the right side of the road and obey all traffic laws just as cars do.
- Beware of car doors that open suddenly.
- If you need to turn, use a hand signal to tell drivers what you are doing.
- Wear clothes with bright colors so you are easy to see.
Children riding the bus, remember the following:
- Children should line up six feet from the curb as the bus comes.
- If there are seatbelts on the bus, put one on.
- Wait for the school bus to stop before getting on.
- Never cross in front of the bus if you can avoid it. If you must walk in front of the bus, stay at least 10 feet in front of it, not up close to it..
If everyone obeys these simple traffic safety tips, students will be able to get to and from school without incident for the entire school year.
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As children go back to school, the roads become more crowded and dangerous. If you or a loved one is hurt by a driver on the road, it is important to contact a Georgia personal injury attorney. Make sure your rights are properly represented in court or with the insurance company. Please contact the Mann Law Firm for a free consultation today.