Tips for Drivers
- Be aware of changing speed limits.
- All vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt; it’s the law.
- Slowdown in residential neighborhoods and school zones.
- Give pedestrians and bicyclists the right of way at crosswalks.
- Do not use a phone, even hands-free when driving around schools. Most schools prohibit using a phone on a school driveway even when your vehicle is parked.
- Motorists must stop for buses in either direction when bus lights are flashing at bus stops.
- Slow down when passing cyclists, pedestrians, and students at bus stops, and provide at least three feet safe passing distance.
- Keep school air clean. Avoid engine idling on school property.
Tips for Young Walkers
- Children should use the buddy system and walk with other children or an adult whenever possible.
- Parents should educate their children how to observe all traffic signs and applicable laws.
- Always stop at the curb and look left, right, and left again before crossing.
- Distracted driving is at an all-time high. Make sure drivers see you before crossing in front of them.
- Walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Only cross the street at corners or designated crosswalks using traffic signals if available.
- Walk facing traffic when sidewalks are not available.
- Wear bright-colored clothing or reflectors when walking in darkened or foggy conditions.
- Cross at least 10 steps in front of a school bus.
- Children 10 or younger do not have a developed sense of depth and speed; they should only cross the street with an adult or an older child.
Tips for Young Cyclists
- Always wear a proper fitted helmet when cycling.
- All cyclists must observe traffic signs and applicable laws; it’s the law. Parents should teach their children how to safely and properly ride their bike in traffic.
- Make sure the road is clear before entering.
- Always ride in a straight line on the right side of the road in the same direction as traffic.
- Always look backward over your shoulder before turning or moving out onto the road; this takes practice.
- Use arm signals early to warn traffic when turning, stopping, or slowing down.
- Walk, not ride, bikes across crosswalks.
- Inspect brakes, tires, gears, and chains regularly for proper function.
- Always wear bright and visible clothing and use a white front light and a red rear light or red reflector when riding in the darkened or foggy conditions.
Tips for School Bus Riders
- Parents should have children ride school buses when bus routes are available — alleviating unnecessary traffic in school zones.
- Wait for the bus to stop before approaching it from the curb.
- Do not move around once seated on the bus.
- Make sure to always remain in clear view of the bus driver.
- Children should always board and exit the bus at designated locations that provide safe access to the bus or to the school building.
- Encourage children to practice courteous and respectful behavior while riding the bus to avoid bullying other children or distracting the bus driver.