Keeping Kids Safe in School Zones

Watch Out For Kids!

For students in the Tampa Bay area, the new school year means thinking about new friends, teachers, and locker combinations. But for parents and guardians, the school year can bring concerns about intersections, crosswalks, and speed limits in school zones . Busy streets and young drivers can cause chaos and collisions throughout the school year. In school zones, it is particularly important to be observant when driving.

Both 2014 and 2015 saw the deaths of young Tampa Bay students on their way to school. These tragic incidents highlight the importance of crosswalks, safe driving, and paying attention in school zones. For drivers, accidents in school zones can be prevented by always being alert and aware of surroundings. If a student comes into the road in front of them, a distracted driver may not be able to stop in time. Remember that school zones, like construction areas, have a reduced speed limit. According to Florida Statutes, the speed limit in a school zone should not exceed 20 miles per hour, though this restriction may only be in effect during certain times of the school day. Along with looking out for pedestrians, be sure to be aware of the reduced speed limit.

Tips for Pedestrians

Students walking to-and-from school should also take precautions. Remind your children to look before crossing the street and to be aware of oncoming traffic and other surroundings. For students who have to walk to school or a bus stop early in the morning, bright or reflective clothing should be worn. This ensures greater visibility on dark streets. Students should always remember to carefully look both ways before crossing the street. They should cross at a crosswalk, rather than attempt to run across a street. Even if the street looks clear, a speeding or distracted driver could appear suddenly.

Let’s all do our part to keep school zones safe. Together, we can ensure that tricky locker combinations and piles of homework assignments are the only things that kids have to worry during the 2016-2017 school year!

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The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

 

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