It’s that time of year again. School is back in session for kids, and school zone traffic rules are back in session for you. More people on the road mean kids can be at a greater risk for transportation-related injuries.
You might be in a rush to get to work, but don’t let that—or anything else—be an excuse to disobey school zone traffic rules.
It’s important to go over a few rules to promote better road safety:
- Drive slower in school zones. When driving within 500 to 1,000 feet of a school while children are outside or crossing the street, the speed limit is 25 mph unless otherwise posted. Designated school zones will usually have signs posted around the area with suggested reduced speed limits as well as “End School Zone” signs so you may resume to driving according to regular road speed.
- Watch out for kids crossing the street, especially in the morning and when school is out of session in the afternoon. If you’re driving in a school zone, be on the lookout for kids around the area. Some residential areas are also marked with “Children Crossing” signs. Also, look out for bicyclists and other pedestrians.
- Be extra cautious around school buses. When a school bus is pulled to the side of the road, make sure to give them a little extra room because you don’t know if a kid might suddenly dart into the street. When the bus flashes red lights, you must stop from either direction until the children are safe to cross the street, and the lights stop flashing. The law requires you remain stopped as long as the red lights are flashing. If you fail to stop, you can be fined up to $1,000.
Parents can also help reduce the risk of transportation-related injury. “Parents can teach their kids to look both ways before crossing the street and using crosswalks to cross the street safely,” said Attorney Frank Fasel. And remember, distracted driving is not safe. Don’t use your cell phone while driving or crossing the street, especially around schools. Here at Chris and Frank, we help clients who have been injured in pedestrian accidents, train accidents, car accidents and other types of accidents that have resulted in injury.
We hope you to continue to obey school zone traffic rules and drive safe!