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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

Traffic and School Safety

17 Aug Blog | Comments

In many parts of the United States teachers and students are either already back to school or will be very soon. The start of the school year means different things to different people. For the parent it means buying school supplies, for the teachers it means getting classrooms ready and for the students it means no more sleeping in.

For the rest of the world, it means the dreaded blinking yellow lights and 20 mph zones. For someone running behind schedule that can be the most dreaded sight in the morning. However, those blinking yellow lights are just one aspect of keeping the returning students safe.

Other safety measures that are put in place include, but are not limited to:

  • Crosswalks – The crosswalks are marked so students can cross safely. Usually there will be a street light to signal the students when to cross. Or many times there will be a crossing guard to help the students cross the street safely. Even if there is not a street light or a crossing guard the driver is responsible for yielding to the pedestrians.
  • Distance – The law requires drivers to slow down if a bus turns on its yellow lights, and stop when those lights go to red. Kids can be unpredictable and the driver never knows if a child will run across a street or behind the bus. The only time it is not necessary to stop is if the driver is on the opposite side of a 4 lane street.
  • Crossing Guards – Crossing guards are one of the best lines of defense when it comes to protecting students. The crossing guard can watch out for and safely cross them.
  • Defensive Driving – Defensive driving is another important tool to keep kids safe. The driver’s job is to look ahead and to be aware of what is coming up. If what is coming up is blinking yellow lights then the driver needs to slow down and keep his or her eyes open. If there is a crosswalk, the driver needs to slow down and look for students crossing the road.
  • Drop Off/Pick Up Zones – On occasion a driver may see cars lined up down a street, near a school, early in the morning or in the afternoon before rush hour. Those are parents dropping off their children. Whether there are those blinking lights or not, slow down and watch for students wearing their new backpacks, with freshly packed lunches.

Our society is moving faster and faster and people are more and more distracted while driving. The safety procedures that are put into place are there to protect the students. Driving is a responsibility and should not be taken lightly. The rules of the road have been put into place to keep drivers and pedestrians safe.

As the next school year begins please take this as a reminder to be watchful for students, someone’s child(ren): crossing the street, coming off, or going onto school buses, walking home.

 

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