LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Deputies with the Lee County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit and Patrol Districts will be keeping a close eye on motorists in and around schools, bus stops and high volume roadways, as 90,000 students, teachers and faculty will be heading back to school.
Motorists are reminded to allow extra time tomorrow as parents, teen drivers and students get familiar with some new routines or adjusted to previous travel to and from schools.
As a reminder, here are some rules of the road and safety tips that go along with making the first day successful:
-Vehicles must stop when a school bus displays a stop arm and flashers. Both directions of traffic must stop on two-lane roadways. This also applies on multi-lane roadways when a physical divider is not in place such as grass or concrete median. Where such dividers exist, traffic proceeding in the same direction as the stopped bus must stop, while traffic flow in the opposite direction continues.
-Schedule that extra time to reach your destinations during the morning and afternoons when roads will be busier and more congested. While 58,000 kids ride the school bus, others will be going to and from school by car, bicycles, skateboards and on foot.
-Vigilance is the key for both the student waiting for the bus and the motorist watching for children, especially in the hours before full sunrise. Children need to approach their stops at a safe distance from moving vehicles. Drivers keep scanning the road ahead and to the side -- don’t allow distractions to divert your attention from the road ahead.
-Watch your speed in our school zones. A traffic ticket will cost double the usual speeding fine.
-Cross streets at a corner, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Do not assume that because you can see the driver, the driver can see you.
-Look left, right and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross.
-Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
-Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
-Parents and kids should hold hands in parking lots.
-Never allow children under age 10 to cross streets alone. Adult supervision is essential until you are sure a child has good traffic skills and judgment.
-Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
-Make sure children know to cross 10 feet in front of a school bus, never behind, and to wait for adults on the same side of the street as the school bus loading or unloading zone.
-Teach children to never run out into a street.