Titusville schools will be welcoming students back to the classrooms tomorrow. Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department has tips to offer to help keep your student safe as they travel to and from school.
After a summer without schools in session, vehicle drivers need to remind themselves that bus, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic will dramatically increase before and after school sessions. They need to pay closer attention regarding their vehicle driving and how it impacts vulnerable school children:
Adhere to school zones and their speed limits--remember to slow down BEFORE entering the zone.
Pay attention to children entering and in crosswalks and just as importantly, children improperly crossing traffic; keep it slow when you drive near schools and neighborhood bus stops.
It's up to the vehicle driver to remain on the alert for children walking and riding--there is no doubt about the outcome in any contact between children and your vehicle--the 2-ton vehicle will always win.
At the Bus Stop; On the School Bus
Stay well away from the roadway while awaiting the school bus.
No roughhousing at the bus stop; it's too easy to forget about safety and stray into the roadway.
Wait for the bus to stop before approaching it from the curb.
Not move around on the bus.
Check to see that no other traffic is coming before crossing the street to enter the bus.
Make sure to always remain in clear view of the bus driver.
Use seatbelts, if the bus is equipped with them.
In the Car
All passengers should wear a seat belt and/or an age-and size-appropriate car safety seat or booster seat.
Your child should ride in a car safety seat with a harness as long as possible and then ride in a belt-positioning booster seat.
Your child should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle's seat belt fits properly (usually when the child reaches about 4' 9" in height and is between 8 to 12 years of age).
All children under 13 years of age should ride in the rear seat of vehicles.
Riding the Bicycle
When it comes to bike riding, remind your children to:
Always wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short or long the ride.
Ride on the right, in the same direction as auto traffic.
Use appropriate hand signals.
Respect traffic lights and stop signs.
Wear bright colored clothing to increase visibility.
Know the "rules of the road."
Walking to School
Make sure your child's walk to school is on a safe route with well-trained adult crossing guards at every intersection. Walk the route ahead of the start to school so they are very familiar with it and the safe crossing areas.
Be realistic about your child's pedestrian skills. Because small children are impulsive and less cautious around traffic, carefully consider whether or not your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision.
Brightly-colored clothing will make your child more visible to drivers. If your child will be traveling before it is fully light out, consider adding reflective strips to clothing and/or shoes and have them travel with a flashlight.
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