School days bring congestion. School buses are picking up their passengers, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings and anxious parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It's never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present, especially before and after school.
According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus related incidents are four to seven years old, and they're walking. They are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus.
A few precautions go a long way toward keeping children safe:
* Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you.
* In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
* Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
* Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way.
* Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
* Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way.
National Safety Council