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It's that time of year again in West Georgia, where kids start another year of learning at school.  Whether it be by bus, walking, or riding a bike, the increased traffic and congestion on the road can de dangerous.  Below are a few back to school safety tips to think about.

Tips for Driving in a School Zone

In Georgia, school zone's are usually clearly marked and have a posted speed limit which is slower than the surrounding roadway.  When driving through a school zone it is always important to limit distractions.  Additional safety tips include:

  • Slow down and drive extra cautiously.
  • Do not load or unload children across the street from the school, if possible.
  • Do not double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles, and can lead to an extremely bad outcome.
  • Be prepared for kids to appear in unexpected places, like from between parked cars;  particularly around elementary schools or other schools with younger children.
  • If children ride bikes to school where you live, prepare for them to turn in front of you without looking or signaling.
  • If you need to use your phone, be sure you’re pulled over safely, or just wait to use it when you reach your ultimate destination.
  • Watch for kids walking while looking at their phones.
  • If possible, carpool to reduce the number of cars at school.
  • Never block a crosswalk; it forces pedestrians to go around you and could put them in the path of moving traffic.

Tips for Driving Safely When You See a School Bus in West Georgia

  • NEVER pass a school bus that has it's lights on.
  • According to NSC, most children who lose their lives in school bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old and are hit by the bus or by a motorist passing a bus that’s stopped to load or unload children—something that’s illegal in all 50 states.
  • If you’re driving behind a school bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car—at least three car lengths.
  • Stay alert for flashing lights on a bus, which warn drivers of an impending stop.  Treat yellow flashing lights the same as a yellow stop light and decrease your speed. Stop when you see red flashing lights.
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough away to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.

Georgia Traffic Laws Regarding School Buses

  • Two-lane Roads – ALL vehicles traveling in ALL lanes must stop when a school bus stops for children.
  • Two-lane Roads with a Center Turning Lane – ALL vehicles traveling in ALL lanes must stop when the school bus stops for children, including vehicles in the turning lane.
  • Four-lane Roads Without a Median Separation – ALL vehicles traveling in ALL lanes must stop when the school bus stops for children.
  • Roadway of Four or More Lanes with a Center Turning Lane – ALL vehicles traveling in ALL lanes must stop when a school bus stops for children, including vehicles in the turning lane.
  • Divided Highway of Four or More Lanes with a Median Separation –  If a school bus is stopped on a divided highway that has four or more lanes with a raised median or other physical barrier, only vehicles traveling in the same direction of the school bus must stop when the school bus stops for children  .

Safety Tips for Walking to School

It is always a good idea to practice the walking route with your child before the 1st day of school.  While practicing the walk, it would also be a great time to freshen up on pedestrian safety.

  • Never walk to school with headphones in your ears or while looking at your phone.
  • Always try to walk on a sidewalk.  If there is no sidewalk and you must walk in the street, always walk facing traffic.
  • Before crossing the street, stop and look left, right and left again to see if cars are coming.
  • Always cross the street at crosswalks. If no crosswalk is available, cross at intersections; never in the middle.
  • Whenever possible, walk in groups rather than alone.

 

From all of us at SWS Accident & Injury Lawyers we hope everyone has a fantastic and safe start to the 2023-2024 school year.

 

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