30/08/2016 - Permalink

Road safety reminders as children go back to school

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Although the summer season is far from over, the summer holiday for most Shropshire children is coming to an end.

And, as we all know, the school year comes with a substantial increase in morning and evening traffic.

With Shropshire children set to go back to school next week, Shropshire Council’s road safety education team has issued some road safety tips for drivers and pedestrians.

Take your time and be patient
Please allow an extra 10 or 15 minutes for your morning commute. The extra time will not only reduce stress but help keep our roads safer. Drivers are less likely to speed or engage in other dangerous driving habits when they aren’t running late.

Slow down
Watch for children walking in the road, especially if there are no pavements in the neighbourhood. Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops.

Be alert
Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.

Pedestrian safety
If you are moving up to a new school then plan your journey and allow yourself plenty of time.

Take time to checkout the route that you will be taking to school including any potential hazard points along the way.

Make sure you are wearing bright clothing, and preferably reflective or fluorescent items.

Cycling to school
Now is a good time to make sure your bicycle is in good working order – and wearing an approved cycle helmet is recommended.

School bus advice
Arrive at the bus stop five minutes early.

Stay well clear of other traffic whilst the bus is moving off.

Wait until the bus moves off and the road is clear in both directions before crossing.

Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transportation, said:

“The roads always get busier when the children go back to school, so it’s important for all drivers and pedestrians to stay aware, be alert and take that extra bit of care to make sure that everyone stays safe.”