The first day of school for thousands of school students in Palm Beach County starts on Monday morning, Aug. 14th.
The Police Foundation reminds drivers to get back into the habit of leaving home early enough to avoid rushing through school zones. This is an important call for motorists to slow down and stay alert. The simple message is School’s Open—Drive Carefully!
With thousands of schoolchildren heading back to school, police agencies throughout the county are looking to reduce the number of school-related pedestrian injuries and fatalities by encouraging motorists to “Look Up! Look Out!” and “Look Around! in school zones, as well as in residential areas where children are present and heading to and from school.
Drivers have had the roads to themselves since mid-May and the highways were much less congested. Now with school buses, teachers and parents starting back onto the roadways, please don’t try to make up the lost time in the very places that children gather for school. Leave home earlier so you’re not in a rush to drop your kids off at school or to get to work, For the sake of children, drivers must also become extra vigilant, by obeying all traffic laws and by observing the lower speed limits in school zones, in neighborhoods, and around school bus stop areas. Additionally, drivers must remember it’s the law to stop for school buses when their lights are flashing red and children are either boarding or getting off the yellow school bus .
Here are a few important tips:
- Slow down and follow the speed limit.
- Come to a complete stop at intersections with stop signs.
- Look for clues of children nearby.
- Scan between parked cars.
- Always stop for loading or unloading school buses.
- Eliminate driver distraction.
- Plan ahead and allot extra travel time.