BACK TO SCHOOL: Keeping students and motorists safe

With most schools starting back up this week, kids will be walking to school, waiting at bus stops, and riding in buses. Here are a few tips from the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, to remember to keep students and motorists safe.

Tips for students walking to school:

  •  The safest place to cross the street is at the street corner or intersection.
  • Always walk on a sidewalk if one is available.
  • Before kids step into the street, they should look right and left for traffic–and keep looking while they cross.
  • Students should stand at least six feet away from the curb when waiting for the bus.

Tips for drivers:

  • Double check intersections and crosswalks. Making complete stops at stop signs and red-lights before turning right will give you the time you need to be completely sure the coast is clear before you enter a crosswalk.
  • When a school bus stops with its red brake lights flashing and/or its stop sign raised, you must stop from either direction until all kids are safely across the street and the bus lights stop flashing.
  • Avoid following a school bus too close as they make frequent and sudden stops.
  • Understand that there will be a higher amount of newly licensed teenage drivers around the high school campuses. Have tolerance, be patient, and stay alert.

Follow the posted speed limits in the school zones. Deputies will be monitoring the school zones this week.

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