IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN
Back to school safety has always been a priority but, in this pandemic year, child safety is the issue that matters most for parents and our communities. Social distancing, hand washing, masks and testing are our new realities. But the basics of road safety should never be lost in this new normal. School bus road safety is still critical for our children.
And this year, drivers must be extra aware that new school hours and flexible protocol will mean meeting that school bus at off hours. Drivers need to be vigilant and prepared to stop for the school bus at any hour of the day.
Let's keep these basics in mind and keep our children safe on the road.
We'll pare it down. Direct is best.
What can we do to keep kids safe?
1. Be Aware
Your work commute will take longer. Plan ahead and budget at least an extra 15 minutes to drive and arrive in safety.
2. Mind Your Crossing Guard
Children depend on community crossing guards to guide them safely across busy roads. And crossing guards count on drivers to watch and stop so they can get their job done in safety.
3. Slow Down
Prepare for reduced speeds in school zones and near playgrounds. Follow those posted speed limits.
4. Just Stop
Cars traveling in both directions must stop for a school bus when it's lights are flashing. Obey that stop arm. If you blow by that bus, you face fines, demerit points and possibly higher insurance premiums. But the real take away is always child safety. You could seriously injure or kill a child. Nothing is worse. Nothing is ever worth that risk.
5. Drop the Phone
Distracted driving is the number one killer on our roads. Driving is our only job behind that wheel. Everything else can wait. Just drive.
Nothing is more important than a child's safety.
Please be aware. Be prepared for children on our streets.
Be ready for back to school.
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