Safety Reminders as Florida Students Go Back to School
BREVARD COUNTY, FL. – An online article posted at spacecoastdaily.com discusses some driving safety reminders, which are important as students go back to school around the state of Florida.*
Drivers should keep some safety tips in mind like not double parking so as to block children’s visibility, arranging for carpooling to cut down on traffic at schools, and dropping kids off on the same side of the road as the school. Dropping children off across the street from school increases their risk of being struck by a vehicle.
Vehicles should take care to not block crosswalks, as this forces children and other pedestrians to have to walk around them into the street. Drivers must stop for crossing guards and should never try to pass vehicles that have stopped for crossing guards or to let children walk across a road.
The National Safety Council says that most deadly school bus-related accidents involve kids age 4 to 7, and the accidents usually involve children hit by buses or other vehicles at bus stops. Throughout the school year, drivers need to be diligent in keeping an eye out for buses loading and unloading. Particularly during the morning and afternoon, drivers should pay special attention to children coming on or off school buses.
It is important to understand when drivers can and cannot pass a stopped school bus. In Florida, when driving on a two-lane roadway, you must stop for school buses loading and unloading, no matter what direction you are traveling. On a roadway with multiple lanes and a paved divider, like a center turn lane, you must also stop for school buses. On a highway with an unpaved or barricaded divider, if you are traveling in the opposite direction of a school bus, you may continue forward with caution.
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