Editorial: Safety tips for going back to school

Editorial: Safety tips for going back to school

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Summer is winding down and for many school starts back up at the end of this week and next week.  Since school has not been in session, I am sure you noticed traffic has been less hectic and stressful.

This changes dramatically as schools re-open for the new school year.  So, remember the following tips I am sharing from the National Safety Council that will help all our kids arrive safely at school.

  • If you're driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing.
  • It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.
  • Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you're on an undivided road – or if it is stopped to load or unload children
  • If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus
  • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks
  • And just as important…don’t drive distracted….put your phones away.

Safe travels everyone and welcome back to school….Kids….look on the bright side, though it might seem like forever….Christmas break is only 19 weeks away.

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