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September 5, 2017 > HeadÕs-up for safety: school is back in session

HeadÕs-up for safety: school is back in session

Submitted By Geneva Bosques, Fremont PD

Public schools in Fremont are back in session and the Fremont Police Department is asking drivers to be more aware and vigilant as thousands of children begin their new school year by walking to and from school.

Parents are advised to take a proactive stance on traffic safety by taking the time to talk about safety with their children before they head back to school. If your children are walking to school, itÕs a good idea to work with them and plan the route ahead of time. Once it has been planned out, walk the route to school with your children before the start of the year to assess hazards and select a course with the fewest traffic crossings.

ItÕs important to tell children that they should find a walking buddy and stay on the same course each day. Adults can teach and model safety behaviors that all children should follow, even if they donÕt walk to school every day.

Here are some simple road safety reminders for drivers:

¥ Give yourself extra time, leave early and avoid the last-minute rush
¥ Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones
¥ Remember to stop for pedestrians who are trying to walk across the street in a crosswalk
¥ Look for children at intersections, on medians, and on curbs
¥ Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
¥ Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours
¥ Never pass a stopped school bus with flashing red lights/stop sign. This is a serious safety concern as children are entering/exiting the bus
¥ Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Put down your phone and donÕt talk or text while driving
¥ If your childÕs school has a pick-up/drop-off valet system, obey the rules and volunteers running the program
¥ Park only in designated parking spaces. Do not block driveways, park in front of fire hydrants, or park in no-stopping/red zones

Here are reminders for children:

¥ They should cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old or an age of maturity where they can make independent decisions
¥ Remind them that they should never speak, accept gifts, or rides from a stranger
¥ Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
¥ Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars
¥ Make sure they always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them
¥ Wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter, or skateboard
¥ Children should know their phone number, address, and their parentÕs cell phone number

We wish all of the students in Fremont a great school year ahead! Be safe and drive carefully

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