Back to School Safety Tips

It’s that time of year again when kids are heading back to school! It’s important to remember a few safety tips while driving near schools and dedicated school zones. The Indiana State Police have put together a list of those important reminders!

Driving Safety Tips

  • ALWAYS watch for stopped school buses in the morning hours and afternoon hours.

  • Watch for children walking to and from school and waiting at bus stops.

  • ALWAYS keep your eyes on the road and be patient driving behind school buses.

School Zone Driving Safety Tips 

  • Be on the lookout for school zone signals and ALWAYS obey the speed limits.

  • When entering a school zone, be sure to slow down and obey all traffic laws.

  • ALWAYS stop for school buses that are loading or unloading children.

  • Watch out for school crossing guards and obey their signals.

  • Be aware of and watch out for children near schools, bus stops, sidewalks, in the streets, and in school parking lots.

  • NEVER pass other vehicles while driving in a school zone.

  • NEVER text while driving in a school zone.

  • Avoid using a cell phone, unless it is completely hands-free, while driving in a school zone.

Walking to School Safety Tips

  • Leave home early enough to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of school.

  • Use the same route every day and never use shortcuts.

  • Go straight home after school. Do not go anywhere else without permission.

  • Always use public sidewalks and streets when walking to school.

  • Try and walk to school with other students. There is strength in numbers.

  • Teach your children to recognize and obey traffic signals and signs.

  • Only cross streets at designated crosswalks.

  • Always look both ways before crossing the street.

  • Always walk and never run across intersections.

  • Don’t talk to strangers. Teach your children to create distance between themselves and anyone who tries to approach or make contact with them.

  • If a stranger does approach your child, make sure they know to immediately report the incident to you or a teacher.

  • Teach your children to never get into a vehicle with anyone, even if they know them, without your permission.

School Bus Safety Tips

  • Make it a habit of arriving at the bus stop at least five minutes before the scheduled arrival of the bus.

  • Make sure your child stays out of the street and avoids excessive horseplay while waiting for the school bus.

  • Be sure the bus comes to a complete stop before getting on or off.

  • When riding the bus, make sure your child understands they must remain seated and keep their head and arms inside the bus at all times.

  • Do not shout or distract the driver.

  • Always listen to the instructions of the bus driver.

Student Driver Safety Tips

  • NO cell phones while driving.

  • NO extra passengers.

  • NO speeding.

  • NO driving or riding without a seatbelt.

These are just a few safety tips for this upcoming school year.  The Indiana State Police will have extra patrols during the school hours and will have a ZERO TOLERANCE for those who disregard a bus stop arm or speeding in school zones.