The previous post discussed school bus safety tips for children. This post will cover the equally important task of reminding adults to drive safe now that a new school year has begun. Of course, motorists should keep an eye out for youngsters on their way to school while driving to work in the morning. Kids trying to catch a bus may dart into the street without looking. Also, look out for kids on the sidewalk when you are backing out of your driveway or leaving a parking garage.
Remember, the law requires you to stop when a school bus has its side stop sign out and red lights flashing. Also, be sure to slow down on your way to work and watch for kids on their way to school, and always follow posted speed limits in school zones. The reason why speed limits in school zones are lower is because the chance a pedestrian will be killed versus injured in a pedestrian accident depends a great deal on how fast the car is moving when it hits them.
According to the NHTSA, only 5 percent of pedestrians would be killed if hit by a vehicle moving at 20 mph or slower. In contrast, 40 percent of pedestrians will be killed by a vehicle moving at 30 mph. A car moving at 50 mph will kill a pedestrian nearly 100 percent of the time. Slowing down clearly saves lives.
In addition to slowing down, it is important to limit distractions. You may be tempted to check your email and speed on the way to work in order to keep on top of things and get to your meeting on time, but remember that paying attention and slowing down can save a life.