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Bus Stop SignIt may have been a quick summer, but school is back in session! While students are busy adjusting to their new weekday routine, the rest of us of legal driving age also need to adapt to school year driving.

We don’t have to tell you that the streets are more congested now than they were only a few weeks prior. School buses, bicyclists and children are everywhere you look; that’s why now is an important time for drivers to slow down and pay attention. Read through these back to school driving tips to keep everyone safe.

When sharing the road with pedestrians…

  • Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or stop sign.
  • Obey the directions of adult crossing guards
  • Stop and yield to pedestrians crossing intersections in school zones. Remember, pedestrians always have the right-of-way.
  • Take extra care when driving through school zones and residential areas as well as near playgrounds and parks.

When sharing the road with school buses…

  • Keep a little extra distance between your vehicle and the bus.
  • Never pass a bus from behind if it is stopped to load or unload children.
  • Stop if the yellow or red lights are flashing and the “Stop” arm is extended. FYI: The 10 feet surrounding the bus is the most dangerous for kids.
  • Be sure to allow ample room for children to enter and exit the bus safely.

BONUSWhen sharing the road with construction workers… (Keep in mind that although the summer may be unofficially over, that doesn’t mean all road construction is complete.)

  • Put the phone down when you see orange cones. In October 2016, a new law went into effect that prohibits mobile device usage when driving in Wisconsin work zones, as a part of an ongoing effort to reduce distracted driving and increase safety for both workers and drivers. Violators may be subject to a $40 fine upon first offense.
  • Obey the speed limit signs. It’s not unusual to see reduced speed limits during work areas, make sure to pay attention to signs.

Lions Pride would like to wish you a Happy 2017-2018 school year. Let’s work together to create safer roads in our state!