School started today in the Tooele County School District.
School district, charter school and private school students are once again traveling to and from school. In some areas student pedestrians will share their pathway with motorists.
Drivers have had three months to forget some of the rules of the road for safety around schools.
To help assure a safe year for our students, let’s take time to remember a few basics.
Slow down in school zones. Observe the speed limit.
Let’s put away our cell phones and pay attention. Children will be walking on sidewalks, maybe in the streets, or riding their bikes to school. Give them room. Children sometimes make quick changes in direction.
School buses will be on the road again. Passing a school bus while it’s loading or unloading children is illegal. Remember, if lights are flashing, no passing. Don’t drive by a bus with its stop sign arm extended. Stop means stop.
Drivers may need to leave a few minutes earlier if they’re traveling when buses are on the road.
Seems easy, but a school district in Salt Lake County last year counted 54 illegal passings in one day.
So welcome back-to-school and thank you to all the teachers that are greeting new students.
May this be a wonderful year for all our schools and a safe one too.