Police urge driver safety as school starts

Police urge driver safety as school starts


by KGW Staff

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Posted on September 3, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 4 at 7:36 PM

PORTLAND – Police urged drivers to be ready for back-to-school students this week.

Officers advised drivers to slow down when approaching any school to obey the posted school zone speed.

Oregon law requires drivers to stop for a school bus that is stopped, displaying red lights and stop sign.

Unless there is a physical divider that children could not cross, drivers are required to stop in both directions and stay stopped until the lights have been turned off, police said.

Back-to-school safety patrols will be out in Washington County starting Tuesday.

Officials also shared the following back-to-school safety tips:

  • Before crossing a street, look “left-right-left” for traffic in all directions. Keep looking for cars and bicycles as you cross the street. Remember, you can’t hear some cars, so keep looking!
  • If there are no sidewalks, walk close to the edge of the road and out of the way of traffic. Walk facing traffic so you can see approaching cars.
  • Don’t run out into the street from between parked cars. The cars can hide you from drivers so they can’t see you.
  • Watch out for cars and trucks at every driveway and intersection on your walk to school. And look for drivers in parked cars, who may be getting ready to move and don’t see you.
  • Wait for a walk signal and a green light to tell you it’s your turn to cross the street. Look before you go to make sure drivers see you and have yielded or stopped. Continue looking for cars and bicycles as you cross.
  • Be visible. Why not buy school supplies and clothes that sport retro reflective material, to make those dark fall days safer when the time comes?
  • Walking with friends provides safety in numbers. Bicyclist safety
  • Check your route with a parent or other adult. Choose streets with low traffic volumes, slow speeds, few intersections, and bicycle lanes and sidewalks with no roadway construction.
  • Ride in the same direction as traffic, not against traffic.
  • If riding or skating on the sidewalk, watch for pedestrians. Ride at a walking speed and alert pedestrians if you are passing with a bike bell or vocally.
  • At intersections, stop at the curb like a pedestrian and look for cars before crossing (left-right-left) — walk your bike across the street.
  • Always wear your helmet. Make sure to adjust the helmet so that it fits securely. As children grow, their helmets will need to be checked and adjusted regularly.
  • Make yourself more visible to drivers by wearing bright colors or adding reflective safety tape to your backpack or bike frame.
  • Stay alert and ride predictably. Don’t assume motorists can see you.