Editorial: Let’s make this a safe school year
As school days begin, let’s all be sure to use some extra caution driving in school zones and near school buses.
First and foremost, you never know if children crossing the street are paying attention, so remain stopped until children have not only crossed your lane of traffic, but adjacent lanes as well.
Here are some other driving tips, courtesy of www.teachers.com, to reacquaint ourselves with, now that school is back in session.
- Never pass a vehicle that has stopped at a crosswalk, as they may be waiting for someone to cross.
- Do not pass a school bus when its red lights are flashing, even if it is on the other side of the street.
- Use extra care in areas where children may enter the road from between parked vehicles or other things that block drivers’ view of the road. And watch out for bicycles, scooters and skateboards.
- All drivers and passengers should wear seat belts, and children should be in age- and size-appropriate car seats.
- Stay focused on driving and don’t be distracted by kids in the car or by other activities.
- Slow down in school zones. Driving just 5 mph over the limit increases both the risk of hitting a child and the severity of injuries.
Those riding school buses shouldn’t play in the street while waiting for the bus, should line up facing the bus, not alongside it, should move out of traffic after getting off the bus, and should wait for the bus driver to signal you across the street, making sure to walk away from the front of the bus so the driver can see you.
If walking to school, students should walk with a friend, pay attention to traffic signals and crossing guards, and never cross the street against the traffic light. Walkers should cross streets only at crosswalks and never run into the street from between parked cars.
Parents, be sure to have your children look left, right and over their shoulder before crossing the street, continuing to check from each direction while crossing. And tell them to make eye contact with drivers, so the drivers can see them.
If your student rides a bike, a scooter or a skateboard to school, make sure they wear a helmet and ride in the same direction as traffic. Walk your bike across streets.
Hopefully, by following a few rules of the road, each of us can make this a safe school year for all of our kids.
Neosho Daily News