Summer is slowly but surely coming to an end, which means the school year is about to start back up again. With all the excitement of starting new classes, meeting new teachers, and making new friends, it can be easy to forget other important things that come with the new school year, like school safety. For some drivers, remembering how to drive in school zones can be easily forgotten after a few months of not dealing with them.
School zones are designed to ensure the safety of students, parents, teachers, and others. As drivers, it is crucial for us to respect the laws of school zone safety and continue to make them a safe place for pedestrians, especially our young ones. Below are some of the most common mistakes made while driving near a school and tips on how to avoid them.
Don’t Make These Mistakes
Our number one rule here is to simply be aware of your surroundings while driving, especially for school zones. Sure, it might be early in the morning or in the middle of the afternoon and you might not always expect to come upon a school zone, but it’s important to stay alert and cautious when you’re driving for this very reason. Flashing or bright warning signs and sometimes speed bumps precede nearly all school zones.
Not Slowing Down
After you see a school zone sign, you should immediately start to lower your speed. While most school zone speed limits are 20 miles per hour, the speed can sometimes be capped at 15 or even 10 MPH depending on the location. Pay attention to the speed limit and don’t speed back up until you have are positive you have passed through the school zone.
Zooming By Crosswalks
School zones bring an increased number of pedestrians of all ages, making crosswalks a bit unpredictable, especially if staff members are not regulating them. It is always a good idea to be extra cautious when driving by crosswalks near or in school zones, just in case someone unexpectedly crosses. Don’t forget to yield to pedestrians.
Disregarding School Buses
Of course with school zones and school traffic there will be plenty of school buses present. Whether you are driving through a school zone or not, you are required to stop when a school bus’ stop sign and/or red lights are in use. It is also important to remember that where there are school buses, there are students. You should be extra cautious and cognizant of any crossing students.
School Bus Accidents
While these safety tips might seem like common knowledge, it might surprise you how many drivers forget, aren’t aware, or completely disregard these safety measures while in or near school zones. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident in or near a school at the hands of a negligent driver, we want to help. Contact the attorneys at Liggett Law Group for a free case evaluation today.