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Students are trading in their sunscreen for their backpacks. It may be hard to believe, but by this time next week, Rosholt students and many other students in Wisconsin school districts will be gearing up for their fourth day of the 2015-2016 school year.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, pedestrian injury is the second leading cause of injury-related death in the US for children ages 5 to 15. With back to school literally right around the calendar corner, Lions Pride thought it would be nice to go through a quick refresher on safety tips and Wisconsin laws that we may have put at the back of our minds during June, July and August:
- Stop when a school bus is not in motion and has its red flashing lights on.
School bus drivers are required to start flashing their red warning lights at least 100 feet before stopping at a loading station. Once the bus has stopped, all other vehicles must stop at least 20 feet from the bus and stay stopped until the bus begins moving again.
- Stop for pedestrians in crosswalks
Whenever an intersection and crosswalk is not controlled by a traffic light, drivers should stop for pedestrians who are walking, riding or using a mobility device. In this situation, the pedestrian has the right-of-way.
- Slow down in school zones
It’s important to remember that drivers are required to go 20 miles per hour when children are present from 7 am to 4 pm.
- Obey the directions of adult crossing guards
Wisconsin Law states that motorists must stop at least 10 feet from a crossing guard who has stepped off a curb and into the street, even if a child isn’t present. Remember that crossing guards put their lives on their line to get our kids to school safely. Give them some room.
- Stay alert when children are present
Although we should always remain alert when driving, the need is magnified when kids are present. Watch for clues such as playgrounds, bicycles and crossing guards that may indicate that children are nearby.
Next week may be just another week at the office for most of us, but it’s an especially exciting week for students. Leave a little early if you feel may be rushed. Let’s work together to keep our children safe!