EUSTIS — With Lake County students going back to school on Monday, Aug. 23, the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) is offering motorists, parents and students a collection of safety tips from the Florida Department of Transportation to help make this school year as safe as possible.
- With increased traffic, allow extra time to reach a destination.
- Know and obey the law with regard to stopping for school buses loading and unloading children.
- Be aware of the speed limit and your speed, especially in school zones and around schools.
- Obey all crossing guard directions.
CHILDREN IN A CAR:
- All passengers must wear a seat belt or an appropriate car safety seat. Motorists and passengers can and will be ticketed for not wearing a safety belt. Adult drivers are responsible for their passengers under 18 years of age when it comes to proper safety belt and car seat use.
- Remember that many crashes occur while novice teen drivers are going to and from school. As a parent: require seat belt use by the driver and all passengers; limit the number of teen passengers; do not allow eating, drinking, cell phone conversations or texting to prevent driver distraction; limit nighttime driving; and limit driving in inclement weather.
CHILDREN ON A BIKE:
- Always wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short or long the ride. The law requires children under age 16 to wear a helmet.
- Ride on the right; in the same direction as traffic (younger children should use sidewalks).
- Use appropriate hand signals.
- Obey traffic lights and stop signs.
- Wear bright color clothing to increase visibility.
- Know the “rules of the road.”
CHILDREN WALKING TO SCHOOL:
- Make sure a child's walk to school is a safe route, hopefully with well-trained adult crossing guards at every intersection.
- Be realistic about a child's pedestrian skills. Because small children are impulsive and less cautious around traffic, carefully consider whether a child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision.
- If a child is young or is walking to a new school, walk with them the first week to make sure he or she knows the route and can do it safely.
- Teach children to be aware of their surroundings.
- Bright-colored clothing will make a child more visible to drivers.
For more information about the Lake County CTST, call (352) 483-9048.