Officials urge safe driving as kids return to school
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Students are going back to school in a matter of days, and that has officials in South Florida reminding all drivers, including the kids, to be safe.
Fleets of big yellow school buses will be back on the road this coming Monday. "School is in session," said Superintendent of Miami-Dade schools Alberto Carvalho. "For the drivers, be careful. Children are out there, respect the traffic lights, respect the flashing lights. Kids are going back to school."
On Wednesday, Carlvalho spoke to hundreds of transportation workers. "It all begins with children arriving to school safely and that is up to the bus drivers behind the wheel. They are part of my family, we respect them. We expect August 19 to be a fantastic first day of school," said Carlvalho.
Broward Sheriff Scott Israel is also reminding drivers to be safe by slowing down at school zones and avoiding distractions behind the wheel. "The biggest threat to our young children is actually the distracted driver. Please stay off the cell phones, pay attention to these young kids. Sometimes they are not always aware and don't have bicycle helmets on," said Israel.
On Monday, there will be about 70 kids on the average school bus. Officials urge drivers to slow down and take precaution by obeying the traffic signals. "We will be out there enforcing the school zone laws, so please be cognizant of the speed limit, be cognizant of our young people," said Israel.
Students have a variety of ways of getting to school, be it walking, riding a bike, taking the bus or going in the car.
Officials shared some tips to help prevent accidents:
-Choose a safe place for your child to wait for the bus located away from traffic and the street.
-Keep a safe distance from the bus. When being dropped off, children should exit the bus and walk ten giant steps away from the bus.
-Wear light-colored clothing and reflective material for maximum visibility.
-Children should always walk with a buddy.
-Do not allow your teen to drive while eating, drinking, talking on the cell phone or while writing or reading text messages.
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