It is back to school time in Florida. School zone safety includes cars, buses, bicycles and students walking to and from school. Talk to your teen driver about safety. Remind them never to text while driving, “Put It Down”, and limit the number of passengers in the car with a teen driver.
School buses are the safest way for your students to get to and from school. When approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and its stop arms extended, motorists are required to STOP in nearly every instance. For more information on Florida’s school bus stop law and penalties, go to http://www.flhsmv.gov/bussafety/.
Walking & biking is fun and healthy. If your child is going to be walking or biking to school, remember these tips:
- Walk and bike together.
- Go with a friend when possible.
- Pick a safe route to school and stick to it.
- When you are near the street, don’t push, shove, or chase each other.
- Be seen. Wear reflective or light colored clothing.
- Look for traffic – Look Left, Look Right and Left again before stepping into the street.
- Cross the street safely.
- Obey traffic signs, signals and adult school crossing guards.
- Never take rides from people not arranged by your parents.
- Talk to your parents and teacher about any bullying that may happen during your walk.
For more information on getting to school safely, go to http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/safety