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As kids are back in class, police urge extra caution through school zones

Published on September 13, 2021


School is back in session and after months of COVID hassles and shutdowns, local authorities are heavily stressing the importance for drivers to make sure they adhere to school speed zones, crosswalks and to be on the lookout for school busses on the roads.

“Taking proper safety precautions will ensure a safe school year for everyone,” said Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol. “School buses are picking up children. Kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings. Parents are trying to drop their kids off before work.”

With this in mind, this is a great opportunity for drivers to brush up on a couple of back to school driving tips:

* Obey all speed limits

* Buckle up! Use seat belts and safety seats.

* Don’t make U-turns.

* Be crosswalk aware. Watch out for pedestrians crossing.

* Do not block traffic by stopping in the middle of the street to load or unload students.

* Obey all curb markings.

* Do not stop across the street from the school. This encourages children to run across the street through traffic.

* When a school bus stops and flashes its red lights, traffic approaching from either direction must stop before reaching the bus:

On a two-lane road

On multi-lane highways

On divided highways

Surveys conducted by the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) in partnership with Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) show that approximately 50,000 motorists illegally pass school buses statewide each school day. 

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