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The County’s long-term, comprehensive transportation plan will significantly increase spending on new roads, transit, hiker-biker trails, and pedestrian safety.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

School is Back in Session so Watch for Student Pedestrians

With school back in session, residents are encouraged to make the safety of children a top priority. All drivers should be on the lookout for young pedestrians walking to and from school. Parents can help by reminding their children to:

  • Cross streets at marked crosswalks, look both ways before crossing the street, and avoid crossing the street between parked cars;
  • Walk on the left side facing traffic if there is no sidewalk and it is necessary to walk in the street;
  • Follow the directions of crossing guards at schools, who are there to assist and protect students; and
  • Wear helmets if they are riding bicycles to school. Riders should also follow all traffic rules and signs.

Drivers are reminded to:

  • Stop at least 20 feet from school buses that are stopped with flashing red lights. Passing a school bus with flashing red lights incurs a fine of $570 and three points.
  • Slow down and obey speed limits. Automated speed enforcement cameras are operating in some school zones where speeding has been documented. If stopped by an officer for speeding in a school zone, drivers may incur a fine of up to $1,000 and five points.

Parents can help if they:

  • Accompany young children to bus stops and remain with them until the bus arrives; and
  • Obey the “No Parking, No Stopping, and No Standing” signs in a School Zone when dropping off or picking up students. A violation incurs a fine of $50.

For more information about walking to school, see MCDOT's Safe Routes to Schools website.

CATEGORIES: Pedestrian Safety
POSTED AT: 11:14:00 AM |
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