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Aug 21
Back-to-school safety

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This is a guest post by Brent Taylor, a social media specialist at METRO.

It may still feel like summer in Texas, but fall is just around the corner as kids around the Houston area return to the classroom over the next few weeks. Drivers can expect busier streets during those early morning and midafternoon hours when students are being dropped off and picked up. There are plenty of safety tips to remember when it comes to dealing with school traffic. The National Safety Council recommends the following when in a school zone:

  • Don't double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.
  • Don't load or unload children across the street from the school.
  • Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school.

Additionally, be sure to give school buses the space and time they need. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also has a few tips for kids who are riding the school bus, using the acronym SAFE:

  • Stay five steps away from the curb.
  • Always wait for the bus driver to tell you when to board.
  • Face forward after finding a seat on the bus.
  • Exit the bus when it stops, look left-right-left, and take five steps away from the bus toward the curb.

As always, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Always be extra careful when in or around a school, a bus, or anywhere that young children may be walking, riding a bicycle, or exiting a vehicle. Brentmoji.jpg

 

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