Douglas County Fire District No.2 is reminding motorists to be extra alert this time of the year as Tuesday, September 3, 2013 marks the beginning of the school year for most schools in the greater Roseburg area. With the opening of the schools citizens should expect to see an increased traffic on roadways and streets, as teachers, parents, student drivers, and school buses make their way to and from school during week days.
This time of the year is without a doubt exciting for children, especially those that will be attending or driving to school for the first time. Unfortunately, it also means that during the school months young children are often times oblivious to their surroundings in the mix of the daily vehicular traffic; and therefore, at risk to be struck by vehicles or involved in motor vehicle accidents. According to the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14 years old.
Motorists can greatly help in reducing the risk to children on their way to and from school by observing the following safety tips:
- Slowing down to posted speed limits in school and residential areas
- Watching for children present in the area when school buses, street crossing guards, and bicycles can be seen
- Observing traffic laws related to school buses
- Obeying all traffic signs and signals
- Avoiding school zones during arrival and dismissal times
- Adjusting daily travel times to allow for school traffic
- Exercising extra precautions in bad weather