If you have children walking to school, walk the route several times with them so it becomes familiar. Have children always walk on a sidewalk if possible and always use a crosswalk for crossing a street. If no sidewalk is available, then walk facing traffic.
Remind your children that drivers can get distracted, so pay attention and stay visible when crossing the road. This means crossing in front of cars and buses, not behind, and to avoid texting while walking.
If your children will ride a bike to school, instruct them on the proper use of hand signals to communicate with drivers, to use designated bike lanes, and to always wear a helmet.
For commuters, it is particularly important to refresh your memory as to where school zones are located. Always make a full stop at stop signs and at red-lights before turning right, looking for children before you enter a crosswalk. Always adhere to the posted speed limit in school zones, students are often visiting school facilities before and after class hours so keep vigilant.
As with school zones, school buses deserve special care – sadly, more bus passengers are killed while unloading or loading each year than are killed while traveling inside a school bus. 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 students are safely across the street and the bus lights stop flashing. Never tailgate a bus as they often make sudden stops when least expected. Finally, when a school bus is trying to merge back into traffic, you must give them the right of way.