Back to School in Northeast Florida

Traffic Safety Team school bus danger zone

It’s back to school time in Northeast Florida!  Are you prepared for additional traffic, student bicyclists and walkers?  National Safety Council says –

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety

  • Ride your bicycle in the same direction as traffic and obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.
  • Pedestrians should use the sidewalk; if there is not one, walk on the side of the road facing traffic and take the time to use crosswalks.
  • Be visible. Wear bright and reflective colors on your clothes, shoes, wristbands, and hats.

Seatbelts and Child Restraints

  • Buckle up. A seatbelt is your vehicle’s most important safety feature, but only works if you use it.
  • Florida law requires the use of seat belts by front seat occupants (regardless of age) and all children under the age of 18.
  • Children ages 4 and 5 must ride in a child seat OR booster seat.

Seatbelts and Child Restraints

  • Buckle up. A seatbelt is your vehicle’s most important safety feature, but only works if you use it.
  • Florida law requires the use of seat belts by front seat occupants (regardless of age) and all children under the age of 18.
  • Children ages 4 and 5 must ride in a child seat OR booster seat.

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  • Motorists are required to stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arms extended.
  • The only time traffic approaching an oncoming school bus does not need to stop is if there is a raised barrier, such as a concrete divider, or at least five feet of unpaved space separating the lanes of traffic.
  • Remember, Stop on Red, kids ahead! Look left, look right and left again before turning right on red. There may be someone in the crosswalk getting ready to cross.

Be Alert While Backing

  • Walk around your vehicle to check for children playing.
  • Teach children to never play in, on, around, or under vehicles.
  • Know your vehicle’s blind spots and look again before backing.
  • Take a second look and back out slowly.

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National Safety Council: http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/back-to-school-safety-tips-for-drivers.aspx

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