Driving Tips For Back to School Safety
With school back in session, you can expect to take extra time at certain hours of the day to allow for the increase in traffic. Whether you are a parent dropping children off or just headed to work and out running errands, you will want to be prepared for school buses, their passengers, and young pedestrians. Car accidents and injuries can be more likely at this time of the year, and the following safety tips can help to ensure that both you and your children remain safe on the roads.
School Safety For Motorists
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) advises drivers to be extra cautious when entering school zones. Children walking to and from bus stops, getting off and on buses or crossing busy streets, and parents driving young students to school can all present significant hazards at this time of year. To help prevent accidents and injuries, motorists are advised to do the following:
- Be alert for children walking, as well as those on bicycles;
- Avoid distractions, such as using cell phones, texting, or checking emails;
- Watch for crossing guards, and obey all posted signs and signals;
- If you are dropping children off at school, use only designated areas designed for those purposes.
Pay extra attention to speed limits in school zones, which often change depending on the time of day. Not only does going fast put you and others at risk, but the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) warns that speeding ticket fines are doubled in these locations.
Dealing With School Bus Traffic
In addition to obeying traffic rules and regulations when it comes to reduced speeds in school zones, drivers also need to be aware of the laws when it comes to approaching school buses on the road. The FLHSMV advises that the following motorists are required to stop completely when the bus has the red light flashing and the ‘Stop’ arm extended:
- On two lane and multilane roads, all drivers are required to stop and remain stopped while the bus unloads, regardless of which lane the bus is in.
- On multilane highways or roads in which there is a raised barrier dividing opposing lanes of traffic, drivers are only required to stop if the school bus is on their side of the barrier.
When stopping for a school bus, you are required to remain stopped until all children have cleared the area and the ‘Stop’ arm on the bus is lifted. In addition to being dangerous, failure to stop for a school bus in Florida could result in heavy fines and up to four points on your license.
Our Car Accident Attorneys Are Here For You
At the Wexler Law Firm, P.A., we urge all drivers to follow these tips to protect themselves and children in the area who are going back to school. In the event accidents and injuries do occur contact Gregg Wexler right away. We can arrange a free consultation in our West Palm Beach office, to advise you on the best course of action to get the compensation you need to recover.