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Posted on: August 20, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Back to School Safety Tips

BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY

August 20, 2015

FREDERICK, MD - With schools starting next week, the Frederick Police Department encourages all to use extra caution when traveling in school zones.

Here are some tips to help ensure a safe start to the school year.

Reminders for Motorists:
• Slow down. Observe the speed limit in school zones at all times. Also be aware that many
schools have school crossing guards to assist children in crossing the streets.
• Be careful when driving on neighborhood streets and around school zones.
• Be alert for children walking or riding bicycles as you back out of your driveway.
• Pay attention to parking regulations in the area of school zones. Fire lanes, no parking,
parking on sidewalks, blocking fire hydrants and driveways will be enforced.
• Stop your car when you see a school bus with an extended stop arm signal and red flashing
lights. Remain stopped until the red lights stop flashing.
• Maryland has a “hands free” law which means no texting or talking on your cell phone unless
you have a hands free device.

Tips for Pedestrians:
• If your child walks to school, make sure you check the route and have your child/children
cross at intersections with crosswalks.
• Walk in groups – there is safety in numbers.
• Remind children to avoid short cuts unless they have been pre-approved by the parent or
guardian.
• Remind children to not walk in the road and to cross only at marked crosswalks or corners.
• Before crossing the street, stop and look left, then right, then left again.

The Frederick Police Department will continue to work diligently to ensure a safe and happy school year for the children of Frederick.

Michele Bowman
Community Outreach Coordinator
Frederick Police Department
100 West Patrick Street, Frederick MD 21701
301-600-2091 mbowman@frederickmdpolice.org

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