August 1, 2017

Posted: August 1, 2017 | Safety Tips

Slow Down: Back to School Means Sharing the Road

It's never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present – especially before and after school. Let’s keep everyone safe by following these great back to school driving safety tips from the National Safety Council. 

If You're Dropping Off 

Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures for the school year. Make sure you know them for the safety of all kids. More children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location, according to the National Safe Routes to School program. The following apply to all school zones: 

  • Don't double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles
  • Don't load or unload children across the street from the school
  • Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school 
Sharing the Road with Young Pedestrians 

According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they're walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe: 

  • Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic
  • In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection
  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign
  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas
  • Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
  • Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way
Sharing the Road with School Buses 

If you're driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. 

  • Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you're on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children
  • If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus
  • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks 
Our Experienced Southern California Personal Injury Attorneys Are Here For You

If you or a loved one suffers an injury near a school, we may be able to help. In cases where injuries occur as the result of another’s reckless or negligent conduct, contact Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie. 

Our experienced personal injury attorneys provide the legal representation you need to protect your rights and can assist you in securing a potential case or claim. We can advise you of your rights and whether your accident may warrant legal action. Contact us today at 949-752-7474 to discuss your accident completely free of charge.