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Back-to-School: 6 Tips for Safety

Post Date:08/31/2018 10:45 am

Crossing guard helping students move safely across a crosswalk.Is it back-to-school time already? It might seem like summer flew by this year, but students are heading to class already.

That's why it's important that drivers pay special attention on the roads, especially during the hours before and after school.

Kids will be excited when they're walking and rolling — biking, skating, and scootering — to and from school. We all can help keep them safe.

Here are six back-to-school tips drivers can use every day.
  1. Pay attention to your speed in and around school zones. 20 mph is the speed limit.
  2. Avoid distracted driving — leave the phone alone — and watch for kids, who may act unpredictably. Be ready to stop at all times.
  3. Stop and wait for people at intersections and when asked by a crossing guard. Remember, under Oregon law, a crosswalk exists at every intersection — but keep an eye out for children who cross streets at other spots.
  4. When a school bus is stopped with its red lights activated, both directions of traffic must stop and stay stopped.
  5. Before turning right, be sure to check that no one is crossing the street.
  6. Follow school instructions during drop-off and pickup.

Thank you for helping to keep our community's children safe! Read more safety tips for pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and school bus riders.

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