Keep Safe As School Returns
By Deputy Fire Chief Jason Brooks
August 28, 2017

As summer draws to a close, back-to-school season is in full effect and TVFD wants to remind motorists of some simple safety tips. Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that motorists around them take proper safety precautions​

Making full stops at stop signs and traffic lights before turning will give you the time you need to be completely sure the coast is clear before you enter a crosswalk.

Have your foot covering the brake pedal and your eyes scanning the road when entering a marked school zone. When children are at hand, school zones require you to obey the posted 25mph or slower speed limit, regardless of the day of week or time of day. For example, if it's a Friday night at 10pm and you are in a school zone when kids are present (maybe a football game just ended), you are still required to adjust your speed to obey the slower school zone speed limit.

Did you know that more bus passengers are injured or killed while unloading or loading each year than are injured or killed while traveling inside a school bus? When a school bus stops with its red lights flashing and its stop sign raised, you must stop from either direction until all kids are safely across the street and the bus lights stop flashing (unless the school bus is stopped on the other side of a multilane or divided highway).

Let's work together to keep our kids safe and enjoy the 2017/2018 school year!!