School is back in session, and the prevalence of school buses, crossing guards and school zone warnings serve as important reminders to practice safe driving at all times.
Obeying traffic regulations and procedures saves children from the danger of being injured. Whether a parent, student, teacher, motorist, school bus driver, or school administrator, it is important to prioritize roadway safety each day.
Roadway Safety Laws and Tips
- Passing a school bus that is stopped to drop off or pick up children is illegal and can have tragic consequences.
- Obey crossing guards at all times.
- Be on the look-out for yellow flashing lights that indicate a school bus is preparing to stop.
- Red flashing lights around a school bus stop sign demand that motorists driving in both directions must come to a halt.
- When driving through a school zone, pay attention to warning flashers that direct you to slow down and watch for pedestrians.
- Take extreme caution when driving in the dark, as warning lights and flashers may not be active yet.
- Avoid distracted driving by eliminating use of electronics.
- Allow ample space (10 feet or more) when driving behind a school bus. Be prepared to make frequent stops.
Whether driving an automobile, truck, motorcycle, or bicycle, sharing the road is especially important during the school year. Avoid distractions and be mindful of school buses, pedestrians and warning zones. Patience behind the wheel is key to creating a safe environment for all.
During all the fun of Halloween, it is important to remember that this holiday requires some extra safety precautions. Most Halloween-related injuries can be prevented if parents supervise their children’s activities.
- Remind children to walk only on sidewalks, and to look both left and right before crossing at corners or crosswalks.
- Never let a child enter a home to receive candy or a treat unless accompanied by a parent.
- Instruct your child to visit only well-lit houses.
- Never allow children under the age of 12 to trick-or-treat alone. Older children should plan their route ahead of time so parents know where they are.
- Instruct children to never approach a car, or accept treats from a person in a car.
- Remind children to stay alert for house pets and strangers.
- Inspect your children’s candy before they eat it. Wrapped treats are safest. Dispose of fresh fruit, unwrapped or homemade treats or anything that looks remotely suspicious.
- Check for choking hazards, such as hard candy, gum, peanuts, or small toys before letting a small child eat his or her treats.
- Think safety when selecting your child’s costume; avoid long, baggy or loose-fitting costumes and shoes that may be difficult to walk in.
- Choose costumes, wigs and accessories made from fire-retardant materials.
- Select costume colors and materials that are highly visible to motorists.
- Opt for facial makeup instead of a mask that may limit a child’s vision or breathing.
- Buy makeup labeled “FDA- Approved” or “Non-toxic”, and remove makeup promptly to avoid allergies or adverse reactions.
- Make sure costume accessories such as swords or magic wands are made of flexible materials.
- Add strips of reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags to make children more visible.
Pumpkin Carving Safety
- Carve pumpkins on a flat surface with good lighting.
- Consider using a pumpkin-carving kit that includes special, easy-to-use cutting tools.
- Have children ages 5 and younger draw on the pumpkin’s face – then you do the carving.
- Light pumpkins using votive-style candles.
- Place lighted pumpkins away from flammable objects, such as curtains.
- Never leave lit pumpkins unattended.