I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there are way more kids out and about now that school has started. Not only that, but as everyone gets back into their routine people are out and about AND distracted. This is the perfect recipe for accidents to happen that can easily be prevented. Here are a few tips we can all use!
- Watch for school zones – It is important to adhere to school zone laws as they are there for the safety of children. In Washington state school zones are always 20 MPH. You’ll generally notice a “When Children are present” note along with this. The legal definition of this is as follows:
- School children are walking within the marked crosswalk.
- School children are waiting at the curb or on the shoulder of the roadway to cross at the marked crosswalk.
- School children are present or walking along the roadway, either on the adjacent sidewalk or on the shoulder.
- School Bus Rules – The City of Bellevue put out this graphic which is a reminder of when school bus lights are flashing or a stop bar is out.
- Have Safety Discussions At Home – Even if you have older kids in the house safety conversations are important. Remind your children to only cross the street at marked crosswalks, to be aware of their surroundings and not to chase a ball, bat or anything into the road. If there is no sidewalk then always walk facing traffic and as far to left as possible.
The rules are fairly simple, but sometimes we just need the reminder. Back to school time is a blur of frenzied, fun activity, but let’s make sure that even amidst our new schedules we are pausing and making sure that everyone is staying safe.