As the summer of 2018 ends and our children prepare to go back to school, there are some important things to remember to keep kids safe this school year. Deputy constables will be aiding our school district police in providing traffic enforcement and a police presence in and around our schools during the 2018-2018 school year.

Herman

Here are suggestions from Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman to all the drivers this school year:

All drivers need to recognize the special safety needs of pedestrians, especially our children. Generally, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections; however, regardless of the rules of the road or right-of-way, you as a driver are obligated to exercise great care and extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians with your vehicle; Drivers should not block crosswalks when stopped at a red light. Blocking a crosswalk forces our children to walk around your vehicle and puts them in a dangerous situation; In a school zone when the warning flashers are blinking, you must stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk; Always stop when directed to do so by a school patrol sign, school patrol officer, or designated crossing guard; Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgrounds and parks; and Don’t honk your horn, rev your engine, or do anything to rush or scare a pedestrian in front of your car, even if you have the legal right-of-way.

School Buses

It is against state law to pass a school bus with the red flashing lights on, loading or unloading children. (If a roadway is divided, the opposite direction roadway may proceed with caution). Traffic behind the school bus traveling in the same direction must stop. School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children. The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in danger of being hit. Stop your vehicle far enough from the bus to allow children necessary space to safely enter or exit the bus. Be alert. Children are unpredictable. Children walking to or from their buses are usually very comfortable with their surroundings. This makes them more likely to take risks, ignore hazards or fail to look both ways when crossing the street. Never pass a stopped school bus on the right that is loading or unloading. It is illegal and could have tragic consequences. Lastly, remember not to talk on cell phones in a school zone; it is illegal.


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