Sharing the road with child pedestrians is an important safety concern this time of year. There are a few things to keep in mind as little ones head back to school.

Drivers should not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or when waiting to make a turn. Do not stop with a portion of your vehicle over the crosswalk line. Blocking the crosswalk forces pedestrians to go around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous position.

In a school zone when warning flashers are blinking, you must stop to yield right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk.

Always stop when directed to do so by a school-patrol sign, school-patrol officer or designated crossing guard.

Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgrounds and parks.

— Source: National Safety Council


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