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Lake County CTST offers back to school safety tips

RELEASE DATE: August 18, 2015

TAVARES — The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST), a multi-jurisdictional agency with cooperation between Lake County, its municipalities, law enforcement agencies and concerned citizens, is offering motorists, parents and students a collection of safety tips from the Florida Department of Transportation to help make the upcoming school year, which starts on Monday, Aug. 24 in Lake County, as safe as possible.

DRIVERS
• With increased traffic, allow extra time to reach a destination.
• Know and obey the law with regard to stopping for school buses that have children loading and unloading.
• Be aware of the speed limit and your speed, especially in school zones and around schools.
• Obey all crossing guard directions.

CHILD PEDESTRIANS

• Make sure a child's walk to school is along a safe route, with adult crossing guards when possible.
• Be aware of a child's skills. Consider whether a child is ready to walk to school alone.
• 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.

CHILD PASSENGERS
• All passengers must wear a seat belt or be in an appropriate car safety seat. Motorists and passengers can be ticketed for not wearing a seat belt. Adult drivers are responsible for their passengers under 18.
• Many crashes occur while teen drivers are going to and from school. Require seat belt use by the driver and passengers; limit the number of teen passengers; do not allow eating, drinking, cell phone conversations or texting to prevent driver distraction; limit night driving; and discourage driving in inclement weather.

CHILDREN ON A BIKE

• The law requires children under age 16 to wear a helmet, no matter how long or short the ride.
• Riders should ride on the right; in the same direction as traffic (young children should use sidewalks).
• Know the “rules of the road,” obey traffic lights and stop signs and use appropriate hand signals.
• Wear brightly colored clothing to increase visibility.
• Teach children to be aware of their surroundings. 

The Lake County CTST uses a multi-disciplinary approach to solve roadway safety problems in Lake County. The team is comprised of individuals representing engineering, law enforcement, emergency services, traffic-safety education and the public. For more information about the Lake County CTST, call 352-253-9092.
 

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More Information:
Lake County CTST
352-253-9092
http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_works/engineering/community_traffic_safety_team/

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Office: 352-343-9609; Cell: 352-460-2851
epappacoda@lakecountyfl.gov

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