Back to school time is an adjustment for everyone. Not only do students need to readjust to a more structured schedule, but motorists need to pay special attention to increased pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic. It seems everything around us gets busier in September.
Remember to watch carefully for signs identifying school speed zones. In Oregon, certain school zone speed limits are enforced when school is in session. In Tigard, several school speed zones are identified when a flashing yellow light is activated. Therefore it is vital to pay close attention so you know when school speed limits are in effect.
Pay particular attention to school buses when they are loading or unloading children. Oregon law requires motorists to stop for flashing red lights on school buses. The Tigard Police Department works in partnership with the school bus transportation companies. School bus drivers report violations to the police.
While safety going to and from school is important, it is equally essential that children practice safety skills in the home. In homes with working parents, often children return from school to no adult supervision.
The department recommends that parents speak to their children regarding best safety practices when they are home alone. Consider setting rules with clear expectations.
Occasionally, the department offers a safety training class for children who remain home unsupervised. Be sure to visit our website often to learn when the next session may be offered.
Remember, you will be tested.