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Drivers: be extra cautious as kids get back-to-school 

 

From the Kent County Sheriff Department

 

Summer days are waning away and kids across Michigan went back to school this week. The Kent County Sheriff’s Office encourages drivers to cut down distractions and concentrate on the road as kids of all ages get back to school.

Children are often eager to get on and off the bus because they are excited to get to school and they are also excited to get home and tell their parents about their day. Sheriff Stelma has some safety measures for both students and motorists to help ensure safety for everyone.

Tips for students:

•Always arrive at the bus stop early.

•Prior to boarding, wait until the bus has come to a complete stop, the door is opened and the bus driver says that it’s OK to board.

•Once on board proceed quickly to your seat and stay sitting until the bus arrives at your school or other drop off location.

•Do not move around on the bus.

•Always walk on the sidewalk when preparing to cross the street near a bus. Make eye contact with the driver so that you are sure he or she sees you.

•Never walk behind the bus.

•If you are walking beside the bus, make sure you are at least 10 feet (10 “giant” steps) away.

•Take extra precaution to make sure that clothing with drawstrings and book bags do not get caught in the hand rail or door.

•Never stop to pick something up you have dropped while the bus is stopped. Wait until the bus has driven off to avoid not being seen by the driver.

Tips for motorists: 

•Remember that children are unpredictable in their actions. Take extreme caution when traveling in a school zone.

•If you live in an area where there are no sidewalks, drive cautiously. Be more alert to the possibility of children walking in the road.

•Be more aware of children playing near school bus stops.

•Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

•Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully

 

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