Schools open, travel carefully

Published 10:49 pm Sunday, August 31, 2008

Public schools in this area open Tuesday morning, and there will be pedestrians and buses on the roads that we haven’t seen since June.

In a word, danger lurks. But it shouldn’t have to be that way.

There are common sense tips to be employed to reduce the chance of accidents, or injury-causing mishaps.

Here are a few:

Walking or Biking to School

Walk with a friend.

Pay attention to all traffic signals and crossing guards. Never cross the street against a stop light.

Cross only at crosswalks, and never run into the street from between parked cars.

Look left, right, and over your shoulder for traffic before crossing a street, and continue to check each direction.

Make sure drivers see you by making eye contact with them.

If riding a bicycle, scooter or skateboard to school, always wear a helmet and ride in the same direction as traffic. Walk your bike if crossing a street.

Tips for School Bus Riders

Do not play in the street while waiting for the bus.

Line up facing the bus, not along side it.

After getting off the bus, move out of traffic.

Wait for the bus driver to signal you to cross the street. Walk away from the front of the bus so the driver can see you.

Tips for Parents & Drivers

Everyone should wear a seat belt, and children should be in age and size appropriate car seats.

Stay focused on driving and don’t be distracted by kids in the car or with other activities.

Do not pass a school bus when its red lights are flashing, even on the other side of the street.

Let’s make this a safe school year.