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School and Bus Safety Tips from the Davis Police Department

By Alisha Thompson 

School bus safety is a subject for everyone and the Davis Police Department has a few safety tips in mind for students and parents.
“Now that it’s back-to-school time be aware of children crossing the streets,” said Assistant Police Chief Dee Gregory. “Drive with caution. We are all responsible for keeping children safe.”
It is also important to warn your children against going anywhere with someone they don’t know or taking/eating anything given to them by a stranger.
Safety Tips for Adults
Always be prepared to stop for school buses, especially during pick-up and drop off hours.
Never pass a school bus that is loading or unloading. Stop at least 20 feet from a school bus.
Remain stopped at a school bus until the stop arm is retracted and the red lights are turned off.
Watch for children suddenly darting into the street.
Obey all traffic lights and guards.
Keep your car’s brakes in good working order.
Adhere to all speed restrictions in school zones.
Safety Tips for Students
Go to the bus stop with your child to teach them the proper way to get on and off the bus
Teach your children to stand 6 feet (or three giant steps) away from the curb
If your child must cross the street in front of the bus, teach him or her to walk on the side of the road until they are 10 feet ahead of the bus; your child and the bus driver should always be able to see each other
Cross only in crosswalks, never between parked cars.
Look in all directions before crossing.
Become familiar with traffic signs and signals.

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