Back to school is a busy time for children and families. Between school supplies, new clothes and sports tryouts, parents may not think about safety issues.
It’s important drivers be cautious and aware of children and school bus traffic. Several organizations have provided safety tips for both drivers and students.
Gardner has again launched a crosswalk safety campaign highlighting the importance of cyclist, pedestrian and motorist safety.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 12 people per day die from car/pedestrian accidents and approximately 700 people are killed each year in cyclist/motor vehicle crashes. These fatalities occurred where a crosswalk was not being used or utilized correctly. Safety tips can be found at gardnerkansas.gov/crosswalksafety.
Safe Kids Kansas has also suggested tips for back to school safety:
•Put devices down while crossing the street
•Walk with your kids to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives.
•Whether walking or driving, obey all traffic signals.
•Kids should cross the street at the corner or crosswalk if there is one.
•Never run into the street or cross between parked cars.
And the Kansas School Bus unit advises parents:
•Leave early. Be at the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
•Stand back. When the bus approaches, stand at least five big steps away from the curb, and line up away from the street
•Stand still. Wait until the bus completely stops, the door opens and the driver says it is okay before entering the bus.
•Never walk behind the bus.
•Watch for motorists.