It’s back to school for kids across the continent, and it seems everyone’s got something to say about how to keep kids safe as they head to and from their classrooms.
While school zone roads need to be equipped for safe driving all the time, the change in traffic patterns at the start of the school year is cause for extra caution. Solutions like speed display signs, flashing beacons, and speed enforcement cameras help keep drivers alert but reminding drivers of the importance of safe driving goes a long way.
Here’s a small taste of how cities around the US and Canada are preparing drivers and pedestrians for a safe new school year.
- Michigan State Police warns drivers to stay alert to slowing/stopping buses and crossing guard signals
- Ottawa, ON reminds drivers to be reduce speeds and be ready to stop at any time
- San Antonio, TX warns drivers to avoid distraction- and that not stopping for a bus carries a $500 fine
- Endwell, NY reminds drivers that laws and procedures are in place with the goal of protecting students’ lives
- Columbia, WA spells out the financial risks of speeding in school zones as well as the potential loss of license
- Montgomery County, MD revs up enforcement and bus cameras but encourages parents to teach children to be vigilant as well
- North Carolina reminds drivers that speeding in school zones not only can result in injury but up to 80% increase in insurance premiums
- In Barrie, ON, police remind drivers and parents that safe roads are a shared responsibility
How is your city preparing for a safer back to school?