Summer is drawing to a close and kids across the country and returning back to school. But be alert, kids returning to class will mean an increase in pedestrians heading to bus stops and school zones during the morning rush hour. Motorists need to share the roadways with other motorists, cyclists, and also pedestrians. We’ve put together a few back to school safety reminders for all drivers:
- Not everyone has gone back to school yet. Avoid distraction, and watch carefully for children playing when you’re driving through neighborhoods.
- Child pedestrians in particular can be less predictable and are also the most difficult to see pedestrians, due to their smaller size. Take extra care in school zones and residential areas, and keep an eye out for young children walking on sidewalks, crossing the street, or entering and exiting school buses.
- Obey laws regarding school buses. Remember, it doesn’t matter if you’re in a hurry, Florida Motor Vehicles Laws require that motorists stop upon approaching any school bus which displays its flashing red lights and has its stop signs extended (Florida DHSMV). Learn more about Florida traffic laws, and the punishments for breaking those laws, by completing your mandatory Drug and Alcohol course online from GDL Institute.
A reminder for any Florida teens who haven’t yet completed their Drug and Alcohol course: the last few weeks of summer are a great time to finish your course and obtain your learner’s permit before the busy return to school. Visit our website to sign up and get started!