WATCH OUT! For Child Pedestrians

  1.  Do not block a crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn.  Your vehicle should remain behind the crosswalk so that pedestrians can cross safely.
  2.  If a school zone is activated (flashing lights) you MUST yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.  The pedestrian has the right-of-way in the school zone if in a crosswalk.
  3. Always stop when directed to do so by a crossing guard or school patrol officer.
  4. Again, children are unpredictable, so take extra care to look out for kids in school zones, near playgrounds and in neighborhoods, especially just before and after schools let out for the day.
  5. Don’t honk your horn, rev your engine or do anything to rush or scare a pedestrian in front of your car, even if you have the right of way.  This just leads to angry driving and scared, unpredictable children who may make a worse decision the next time crossing the street.

These are just a few school-related driving safety tips that can help keep you and your children safe this fall.  If we all share the roadway and try not to get into too big a hurry, we can help prevent tragic consequences from occurring.  We wish you the best of luck starting out this new school year!