No matter how old you are, there is an undeniable excitement in the air when a new school year begins. With that excitement, however, comes a renewed sense of urgency. Schedules begin to fill up just as the roadways begin to fill up with more vehicles and school buses join the road as students and teachers commute to class.
Whether you have a child in school, are a student yourself, or are a teacher or administrator, the last thing on your mind may be about safety concerns on the road between your home and the classroom.
It’s a sad fact that in many communities throughout the United States, more children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location. The gravest accidents usually happen to those who are 4 to 7 years old and are walking to class. In addition, more high school students are involved in traffic accidents within weeks after school starts, and especially for those who start class earlier in the morning than students with a later start time.
However, back to school accidents are entirely preventable if drivers are mindful. Traffic safety begins with preparation to share the road with other vehicles. This is particularly true during the school year when so many people are trying to get to the same place at the same time.
The state of Connecticut is home to more than 550,000 students in kindergarten through high school. Add to that number the 44,000 teachers, not to mention the school administrators and district employees. Don’t forget to add Connecticut’s 41 colleges and universities and their students and faculty. That’s a lot of people on the road.
It’s important to be aware that if your regular commute takes place around the same time school starts, you are likely to suffer delays. Rather than be surprised and frustrated by this, give yourself some extra time to get to your destination, or adjust your schedule to leave the house before or after the school day begins.
Drivers must also be ready to share the road with a greater variety of vehicles and pedestrians—this includes school buses and bicycles as well as skateboards, scooters and people walking to class. Increased awareness of traffic is crucial to preventing back to school accidents.
We have prepared a list of additional safety tips for drivers to prevent back to school accidents and keep children of Connecticut safe. While pedestrians and bus drivers have responsibility to exercise proper care, remember that by driving, your choices have the greatest impact on traffic safety. By following the tips below, you will help protect your community so that everyone can get to class safely.
Following these tips above, can help reduce the number of bike accidents in Connecticut that we see.
By observing these driving tips, we can all make sure that Connecticut students, school faculty and staff have a safe and productive school year.