Things get a little hectic on the roads during the school year: buses are everywhere, children on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, and hurried parents are trying to drop off their kids before work.
As more and more students gear up for heading back to school, Fort Bend ISD Police would like to remind all to slow down in school zones. We want everyone to reach their destinations safely.
• NO distractions. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for two seconds doubles your chances of having an accident.
• Stay alert. Don’t rush into and out of driveways. Expect pedestrians on the sidewalk, especially around schools and in neighborhoods.
• Watch for bikes. Children on bicycles are unpredictable.
• Brake for buses. Red flashing lights means the bus is loading or unloading.
• Watch for crossing guards. Rain or shine they help students cross busy intersections.
Protect New Teen Drivers
Accidents involving teenage drivers spike as the new school year begins, especially during arrival and dismissal times. Talk to your teenager if he or she will be driving to school, and help them understand why it is important to follow all traffic rules without distractions. Cell phone use during driving is especially dangerous.
Sharing the road safely with child pedestrians
All drivers need to recognize the special safety needs of pedestrians, especially those who are children. Elderly, disabled, and younger students are among the most frequent victims in auto-pedestrian accidents. Generally, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections; however, regardless of the rules of the road or right-of-way, you as a driver are obligated to exercise great care and extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians.
Chief David Rider
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