It’s that time of year again when children by TPenney


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									      It’s that time of year again
      when children head back to
School buses, safety monitors, crosswalks and school-aged children crossing the road
present additional potential hazards for motorists. In order to give greater driver
awareness, the following information will provide you with some tips and suggestions
to help you prepare for this time of year.
•     Children may not always see an oncoming vehicle due to other distractions. Be
      prepared when you sight a stopped school bus that a child may be crossing in
      front of the bus.
•     Motorists in either direction, on an undivided roadway, are required to come to
      a complete stop when a school bus has its red lights on. Be aware of your
      surroundings and pay special attention when approaching a bus coming to a
•     State/ Provincial laws vary regarding stopped school busses on a divided
      highway. However, all motorists traveling behind the school bus, in the same
      direction, are required to stop. When traveling in the opposite direction on a
      divided highway, motorists should scan their surroundings; to be sure that no
      children are crossing.
•     Adhere to all posted speed limits in an around school zones and be aware that
      at anytime a child could veer into your path. Never assume anything.
•     Many school-aged children are within walking distance of their school and are
      not bussed. These children walk to school. Be aware that there could be some
      children walking on sidewalks where there is no crosswalk advocates assisting
      them on their journey.
•     Follow the rules of a crosswalk safety monitor when in a school zone. The
      monitor is there to ensure the safety of the school-aged child. In addition, you
      can help to ensure their safety by paying close attention to the crosswalk
•     Pay a little more attention. It’s time to fall back and with that comes less
      daylight hours and earlier darkness. Before you know it, it’s dark when you
      leave work. This will contribute to reduced visibility on the road and sometimes
      driving conditions that you may not immediately recognize. Even if you are
      driving a route that you are used to driving, pay special attention to other
      motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and be on the lookout for any animals that may
      cross your path
•     Those precious months of the summer are gone and the school bells are ringing.
      Be prepared, be aware and be mindful that school is back in session. A little
      more time to make your journey will go a long way.

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