Summer offers a nice reprieve from the shuffling papers, carpools and heavy backpacks of the school year. It’s time to get back to it though. As your children head out each day, you want one major thing, for them to get through the day safely.

Use these tips for peace of mind:

FOR DRIVERS

  • Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.
  • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
  • Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children. If the yellow or red lights are flashing on a school bus and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.

FOR STUDENTS

  • Don’t text while walking.
  • Make sure traffic is stopped, and watch out for traffic changes, before you cross the center line of the road.
  • Never cross the street while using electronic devices.
  • Wait for the bus to stop before getting out of your seat.
  • Use the handrail when entering and exiting the bus.