Back to School Safety Tips, provided by the Tyler Police Department.
Riding the Bus
- Have a safe place to wait for your bus, away from traffic and the street.
- Stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.
- When being dropped off, exit the bus and walk ten giant steps away from the bus. Keep a safe distance between you and the bus. Also, remember that the bus driver can see you best when you are back away from the bus.
- Use the handrail to enter and exit the bus.
- Stay away from the bus until the driver gives his/her signal that it's okay to approach.
- Be aware of the street traffic around you. Drivers are required to follow certain rules of the road concerning school buses, however, not all do. Protect yourself and watch out!
- Drivers must stop for all red flashing lights on bus in both directions unless on a divided highway.
Walking and Biking to School
Even if you don't ride in a motor vehicle, you still have to protect yourself. Because of minimal supervision, young pedestrians face a wide variety of decisions making situations and dangers while walking to and from school. Here are a few basic safety tips to follow:
- Mind all traffic signals and/or the crossing guard -- never cross the street against a light, even if you don't see any traffic coming.
- Always walk on sidewalks (where provided), otherwise walk facing traffic.
- Walk your bike through intersections.
- Walk with a buddy.
- Wear reflective material...it makes you more visible to street traffic.
- Never run out from between cars
Riding in a Car
- You might have heard before that most traffic crashes occur close to home ... they do.
- Safety belts are the best form of protection passengers have in the event of a crash. They can lower your risk of injury by 45%.
- You are four times more likely to be seriously injured or killed if ejected from the vehicle in a crash.
- Everyone needs to be buckled up properly. That means older kids in seat belts, younger kids in booster seats and little kids in child safety seats.
- Always let your child out at the curb. Don't double park when dropping off or picking up.
- Be alert for the school zone signs posted near schools.
- Keep alert for the children and the crossing guards as they make their way across the street.
- Slow down and prepare to stop if the crossing guard so indicates.
- Tyler motorcycle officers will be monitoring school zones through out the City when school starts.
- Teach your children not to talk with strangers.
- Don't approach a motor vehicle for someone asking directions or attempting to give you candy.
- Remember as much of the license plate as possible and color of vehicle.
- Scream, kick, bite, do what ever is necessary to get away from the stranger.