As students begin returning to school, we will be seeing more buses and students on roadways.
It is more important than ever for students, bus drivers and other motorists to be alert and cautious while on the road.
Whether you have students that are riding on buses, walking or being driven, everyone can do their part.
Parents, drivers and students can follow these important safety tips to ensure everyone’s safety this school year.
School Bus Safety Tips for Children:
- When riding the bus, children must remain seated and keep their head and arms inside the bus at all times.
- Arrive early to the bus stop.
- Stay five steps away from the curb.
- Always wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before entering or exiting.
- Look both ways before crossing the road after getting off the bus.
- If your child is of age to walk to school alone, (this can vary state to state) plan and practice a safe walking route with your child.
- Use streets with sidewalks, crosswalks and crossing guards. Avoid as many intersections as possible.
- Have children walk with a friend or in a group.
- Talk to your child about what they should do if a stranger approaches them.
Driver Safety Tips:
- Be on the lookout for school zone signals and always obey the speed limits.
- Be aware and watch out for children near schools, bus stops, sidewalks, in the streets and in school parking lots.
- Stop for school buses. Give yourself extra time for your commute. When school buses stop, drivers need to as well.
- On a school bus, yellow lights mean slow down, red lights mean stop. You must wait at least 20 feet behind the bus when these lights are on.
Sadly, you cannot always protect your children from an accident. It is important, however, to hold negligent parties accountable for your child’s injuries. If your child was injured in an accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 for a free no obligation consultation.
Source: Nationwide Children’s, “Back-to-School Safety”