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Use extra caution as schools open

August 18, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Some area students already have made their way back to the classrooms and others will be headed in that direction on Monday. As motorists, there are several rules of the road we need to pay attention to in order to provide safety for our young residents.

Keep in mind that a lot of these youth are going to school for the first time and may not be familiar with exactly where to wait for their bus. There also may be some who are boarding their bus in a new location this year. In general, all of our students go off to the bus stops early in the morning when daylight isn't at its optimum.

Here are a few tips for drivers from the West Virginia State Police:

Observe the posted speed limits in school zones (15 mph).

Allow more travel time in the mornings and afternoons as children travel to and from school.

Remember motorists are required to stop when a school bus' red lights are flashing while picking up and dropping off students.

To help ensure safety for students and compliance with traffic rules, troopers will randomly patrol school zones during peak commuting hours.

Parents, too, should talk with their young children about being careful when crossing a line of traffic and using caution when vehicles approach.

It is our hope that our children enjoy a safe, productive and accident-free school year.



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