Editorial: Five tips for a safe school year


More than 1,170 fatal vehicle crashes were classified as school-transportation-related from 2006 to 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As children head back to school, it’s important to remind them how to stay safe, in addition to reminding those who may travel around school zones to make sure they’re being extra careful.

Below are a few reminders on how to put safety first:

• As a driver, be sure to be on the lookout for kids in a school zone, and not just the crosswalk. Another place to be extra patient and cautious is around buses to make sure kids have plenty of time to cross the street. Students may feel rushed and put their own safety on the backburner without realizing it.

• According to NHTSA, kids should be 10 feet in front of a bus before crossing in front of it.

• Teens who drive to school need to be sure to stay alert, keep phones out of reach and drive at a safe speed.

• Distracted walking is another issue for children. Tell kids to keep their phones in their backpacks as they’re biking or walking home from school.

• Drivers must stop at least 10 feet away from the front or rear of a school bus when approaching it in any direction. They should not proceed until the school bus resumes motion or the school bus driver motions for them to proceed.

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