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Traffic Safety during Drop off – Parents Failing

07 Jan Blog | Comments

Traffic safety is very important. We all have to go through driving classes, hours and hours of driving with a responsible adult, and two types of driving tests just to get our driver’s license. Then our parents watch us like hawks for the next six months until we can prove we won’t run anything over. Our insurance is a nightmare until we are at least 18 years old. And young drivers are in general seen as hazards on the road. But who knew that some of those same parents could be considered hazards in the school parking lot.

Traffic safety is something that is talked about on the news. Traffic safety is constantly evolving. You see new traffic signs to tell us where to park, where not to park, how fast we are allowed to drive, etc… Traffic safety is strictly enforced in a school zone, 20 mph. Many folks have received speeding tickets for going even a little bit over the speed limit. This is in place to keep our children safe. By going slower it is easier to stop and you are able to stop faster.

Yet, even with all those traffic safety precautions in place, there are still many accidents reported every year, in of all places, school parking lots. Yes, there are parents out there that are the worst offenders of all the traffic safety steps put into place when dropping off and/or picking up their children.

Most schools have a drop off and a pick up system in place, in order to keep our children as safe as possible. For example, in the mornings there is one drop off place and cars that pull up behind the first car are supposed to wait and all pull out one after the other. However, people get impatient and pull out of the line and try to exit the parking lot. This can be very dangerous because some cars have kids that get out on both sides and if a car pulls out of the line they could potentially hit a child getting out of a car.

After school poses a whole different set of problems because the majority of the kids are all getting out at once. So, you have walkers and kids who are getting picked up by cars trying to all get home. Again, most school have a traffic safety system in place to keep the kids safe. However, parents who are in a hurry try to bend the rules and sneak out of the line, or beat the buses leaving the parking lot. This kind of behavior is perfect storm for an accident.

Traffic safety is there for a reason and I think parents get caught up in life like anyone who has been driving for a while. People get too comfortable after they have been driving for long time, and parents are no exception. They get wrapped up in life and think getting to the next activity or home to do homework is more important than the traffic safety policies.

Remembering the purpose of traffic safety is something we need to be reminded about once in a while. If you are a parent, what do you most want for your child? Though there are many answers to that question, one of the top answers is, for my child to make it home safe and sound every night.

To accomplish that goal parents need to do their part, especially during drop off and pick up at school. Just think about the grand scheme of things, it may take two or three more minutes to get through the line, or get out of the parking lot. But trade that for a child’s life and isn’t it worth every second! Traffic safety is there to protect, don’t be the parent that is part of the problem.


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