Traffic Safety Around Schools
Parents and other adults can do much to improve traffic safety around schools by driving cautiously, teaching children safe practices, and limiting vehicle trips. In some cases, parents and other drivers may be the cause of safety concerns. Drivers should obey all traffic laws and apply the following practices.
- Carpooling can reduce the number of vehicles near the school, especially during poor weather.
- Avoid parking on the opposite side of the street from the school. When it is necessary, instruct children on how to safely reach the vehicle.
- Make sure children are careful in opening the vehicle doors and that they exit and enter on the curbside of the vehicle. Children should not be allowed to cross the street in the middle of the block to reach the vehicle.
- Drivers should not double park or block traffic. Waiting or parking in red zones is also not allowed.
- Do not block buses or use areas designated for buses only. If an emergency vehicle requires access, the area should be cleared.
- Never leave a vehicle unattended in a loading zone.
- Do not park within a crosswalk or pass a stopped vehicle which is allowing pedestrians to cross.
- Do not violate the law by using the excuse "I will just be here a minute" when picking up or dropping off children. Violations still present a danger and cause congestion during the time of day when it is most important to provide safety for children and avoid congestion.
- Learn the traffic patterns at the school and avoid being a disruption.