The school year is in full swing, so it’s important to slow down as more congestion appears on the roads. Especially during the times before and after school, drivers need to pay more attention when in a school zone. Accident Recovery Team has identified a few times where drivers should slow down as we all head back to school.
Watch for School Buses
Even if you don’t have school-aged children, it’s vital to understand what’s expected of drivers in a school zone. It’s also just as vital to know the law in regards to school buses. In every state in the United States, it is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. On an undivided road, the rule extends to both directions of traffic.
Research shows that the area ten feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children. Be sure to stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus. If the yellow or red lights on a bus are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop. Slow down and pay attention to ensure children’s safety and keep you from collecting a hefty fine. It’s vital that ALL drivers practice school safety by driving slowly and using patience while in a school zone.
Children in the School Zone
With so many children on the streets before and after school, prioritizing school safety means slowing down all year long. Be aware of posted speed limits and crosswalk areas around a school. Also, never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians and bicyclists. Even outside regular school hours, drive smart by looking out for children in school zones and near playgrounds and parks.
When In the Zone, Stay Off Your Phone
Kids aren’t the only ones distracted by their phones. Drivers have a lot to pay attention to in school zones and should not be using a phone while driving. A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that the most common form of travel to school for students ages 5 to 14 is the family car. That translates into a lot of cars in school zones at the same time.
Older students are also distracted by their phones. Even if they’re not driving, distracted walking can come with serious risks. Drivers should not only be removing distractions from themselves, but also be wary of distracted students in a school zone. Eliminating all distractions is key to keeping children safe.
Accident Recovery Team is Here All Year Long
Accident Recovery Team is made up of attorneys who care about driving safely, especially in school zones. Contact any of the attorneys at the Accident Recovery Team by calling us toll free at 866-263-0505. We’re happy to answer questions and the consultation is free. You never pay a fee until we win.
Information provided by The National Safety Council (NSC) website.