School is back in session and streets and sidewalks are full of children walking to and from school or waiting on buses.
The Grove City Division of Police would like to remind drivers to be vigilant of the children and to practice safe driving habits around school buses and in school zones.
The speed limit in a school zone is 20 miles per hour during school recess and while students are going to or leaving school during the opening or closing hours. School zones are marked and will have 20 mile per hour speed limit signs posted.
Experts with the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration offer some basics traffic safety tips:
•When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school.
•When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking of getting there safely.
•Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in neighborhood.
•Watch for children playing and congregating near bus stops.
•Be alert. Students arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
•Get to the bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
•When the bus approaches, stand at least six feet away from the curb, and line up away from the street.
•Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says that its safe before stepping onto the bus.
•If you have to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road to a point at least 10 feet ahead of the bus before you cross. Be sure the bus driver can see you, and you can see the bus driver.
•Use the handrails to avoid falls. When exiting the bus, be careful that clothing with drawstrings and book bags with straps dont get caught in the handrails or doors.
•Never walk behind a bus.
•Walk at least six feet away from the side of the bus.
•If you drop something near the bus, tell the bus driver. Never try to pick it up because the driver may not be able to see you.
•Teach students to follow common sense practices to make school bus transportation safer.
Pedestrian and motorist safety is everyones responsibility. For more information on traffic safety, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov or contact the Grove City Division of Police Crime Prevention Coordinator at 277-1765.