As students head back to school, motorists should drive cautiously to prevent injuries and deaths among school-age children.
AAA urges drivers to:
- Slow down near schools, bus stops and playgrounds.
- Obey lower speed limits in school zones.
- Stop for school buses with flashing red lights and extended stop arms.
- Never use a handheld cell phone while driving – it’s the law.
- Drive carefully in bad weather..
If you are walking:
Rules for Safeguarding Your Child
- Walk On Sidewalks: Watch out for cars pulling into, and backing out of, driveways.
- Walk On the Left Facing Traffic If There Are No Sidewalks: Staying to the left allows you to watch oncoming traffic and to get out of the way if necessary.
- Cross Only At Corners: Avoid the dangerous practice of “jaywalking.” Cross at an intersection controlled by a traffic light wherever possible.
- Stop And Look All Ways Before Crossing: If there’s no traffic light, wait until oncoming cars are at least a block away before crossing. A car may still be able to stop if it’s closer, but children are often badly frightened by “near” accidents.
- Watch For Turning Cars: Children sometimes forget to look and unintentionally walk into the side of a turning vehicle.
- Continue To Look Left, Right and Left Again As You Cross: It’s easy to miss an oncoming car.
- Avoid Crossing Between Parked Cars: It’s almost impossible for drivers to see youngsters who enter the roadway from between parked cars.
- Play Away From Traffic: Playgrounds, schoolyards and your own backyard are the safest places to play.
- Be Especially Alert In Bad Weather: Rain, snow, fog and even umbrellas can obstruct vision. Also, drivers may be unable to stop quickly. Children should wear brightly colored and retro-reflective clothing.
- Obey Police Officers, Adult Crossing Guards, and Traffic Signals: These “safety guardians” can greatly enhance a child’s safety when going to and from school.