Tip One: 
When driving in general, and especially when driving in school zones, ALWAYS put away your cell phones and other electronic devices that could cause distractions. And, be mindful of the bright, glaring sun that can obstruct a driver’s ability to see pedestrians.

Tip Two: 
Drivers should always obey school zone speed limit and caution signs.  Drop off and pick up your children in your school’s designated areas only…not in the middle of the street. Be alert for children who might dart across the street or between vehicles on their way to school.

Tip Three: 
Children should always cross at intersections and designated crosswalks.  Look left, right and then left again before proceeding to cross.  Look for traffic when stepping off a bus or from between parked cars.  Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street to make sure they see you.

Tip Four: 
Drivers should never block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around; this could put them in the path of moving traffic. In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.

Tip Five: 
If you're driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. This will give you more time to stop once the caution lights start flashing indicating the bus is coming to a stop. As a reminder: It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children.

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