POMPANO BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Every year at this time, Waste Management retrains employees about maintaining a safe environment for students traveling to and from school.
“School buses and garbage trucks both can slow traffic and are at risk of accidents if drivers are distracted,” said Dawn McCormick, Community Affairs Manager for Waste Management. “Safety is our top priority and we urge drivers to be extra careful.”
McCormick shares 10 safe driving tips:
- Children are most in danger of being hit in the area 10 feet around a school bus. Stop with enough room for children to safely enter and exit.
- Florida has laws making it illegal to pass a school bus that is loading and unloading students. Traffic in both directions must also stop on undivided roadways.
- It takes 2.2 seconds for the average adult to react to unexpected events. Cover your brake when you see children.
- A child’s field of vision is not fully developed so they may not be able to tell how close you are or they may not see you.
- When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch for children walking or biking to school.
- There are more bikes on the roads in the early morning and afternoon hours as children ride to and from school.
- Inexperienced teenage drivers can often be distracted by friends, phones and music so be alert around high school parking lots.
- All passengers should wear a seat belt or an age- and size-appropriate car safety seat or booster seat.
- Do not text or talk on your cell phone while driving.
- Watch for school zones and slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits.
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