It’s that time of year again! With summer nearing an end and school starting soon, the Montgomery Police Department asks drivers to slow down and be on alert for children walking to school. Back to school safety has been focused on the COVID-19 virus, but we should not forget traditional traffic safety issues. Allow extra time during the daily commute with the increased school transportation and pedestrian traffic that will be in the neighborhoods and around the schools.
Here are some precautions and reminders:
- School bus laws require drivers to stop and wait for a stopped school bus loading or unloading from either direction and also wait until the bus moves again or the red flashing light is off, so as to protect school children boarding.
- Drivers are NOT required to stop for a school bus on any highway with four or more lanes (turn lanes included) when traveling in the opposite direction.
- Watch for children entering the street from behind buses or running to catch the bus.
- Slow down and especially be alert in the residential neighborhoods and school zones.
- Come to a full stop and check both ways at stop signs and red lights.
- Take the extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians, and on curbs.
- Drive slowly when approaching children walking or on bicycles.
- Watch the speed when entering school zones – 20mph is the limit.
- Drivers must stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk. Pedestrians shall not suddenly leave a curb and walk into the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.
- Put down your cell phone and do not text while driving.
The Montgomery Police Department frequently receives comments and concerns from citizens regarding the speeds of vehicular traffic in the neighborhoods. Drivers should always be aware of speed while commuting. Drivers are also reminded to put away cell phones and focus on driving.