It’s the time of year when kids go back to school, and during our morning commute the Canyon Country streets will be bustling with kids of all ages. There’s also likely to be extra congestion as buses pick up and drop off passengers. Drivers need to slow down and pay attention this time of year, as there will be children on the streets.
According to the National Safety Council, there are a few things you should keep in mind during the times of day when children will be traveling to and from school.
Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at an intersection. It could force pedestrians to step into areas where traffic is moving to get around your car.
Yield to pedestrians when you’re driving in a school zone – especially if there are flashers blinking.
Watch for children in school zones, near parks, and in residential areas, because younger kids are prone to darting out from between cars.
Never pass a vehicle that’s stopped for pedestrians (especially a bus) because there may be people crossing in front of it.
If you’ve lived in or near a school zone for a while, you’re probably used to all of this by now. But for a lot of people, it can be jarring to suddenly have to change how you drive because children are flooding the streets on the way to school. Luckily, it’s really only the early morning and mid-afternoons that most children are going to be out.
Last, but not least, hectic mornings and afternoons are times when child predators are more likely to strike. If you see something that seems strange, don’t hesitate to call the police. Kidnappings don’t happen often, but they do happen, and the sooner the police can be informed, the better.