Arizona Views: School’s in session; do yo know the rules?

August 12, 2018

Anyone who has read my columns for even a short period of time knows I am big on safety and preparation. A common topic is children — call it keeping them safe.

Well, school is in session again, and for everyone other than the little ones, school days bring congestion and rules of the road.

Yellow school buses are picking up their charges, kids on bicycles are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, and harried parents are trying to drop their children off before the day begins.

Now, it is never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when children are present — especially before and after school.

Sadly, according to the National Safety Council, more children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location.

And, it also is not only infrastructure (sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes and paths) that prevents more kids from biking and walking.

There are many attitudes and fears that must be met and worked through; there is not just the danger of crossing a street, there is also ‘stranger danger’ that can be a deterrent.”

It starts with the adults. Watch out for the Munchkins darting out from between cars or not following the rules themselves.

• DID YOU KNOW? — Speaking of rules of the road, of course, you know we should never pass a bus from behind. It slays me how many people, though, will stop driving the other direction when the roadway has a median or is divided.

Folks, stop for the bus — from either direction if you’re on an undivided road — when it is stopped to load or unload children. If it is a divided road and you’re on the same side as the bus, you stop for sure!

Please also be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.

Tim Wiederaenders is a former Lake Havasu City resident and current senior news editor for the Prescott Daily Courier, a sister newspaper of Today’s News-Herald.

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