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Tue, August 27, 2013

Back to School Safety

With the start of another school year, I feel compelled to remind ALL motorists to be especially careful.

A lot of kids walk to and from school, ride their bicycles, ride the bus or get dropped off and picked up by parents, guardians or car pools.  My friends in law enforcement offer some basic safety tips to remember:

• Slow down in school and residential areas.
• Watch for clues that kids are in the area (bikes, adult crossing guards, school buses).
• Obey school bus stop laws.
• Clear fogged windows before driving.
• Avoid school zones during arrival and dismissal hours.

Cedar Rapids police also encourage parents of children walking or riding their bikes to school to follow some basic safety tips as well:

• Walk the route to school to know the safest route.
• Find a friend to walk with to and from school.  Avoid walking alone.
• Know where there are “safe” places to go in case of emergency.
• Use crosswalks and designated school crossing zones whenever possible.
• Help children learn to estimate if there is enough time to cross the street.
• Never cross the street between parked cars.
• When there is no sidewalk and it is necessary to walk on the roadway, walk on the far-left side of the street, facing traffic.

Bottom line: use extreme caution when driving in school zones.  A life may depend on it.

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