Sheriff: Watch out for kids, buses

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With most area schools back in session, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office has released some safety tips now that school buses are back on the road.

Sheriff Robert M. Maciol said proper safety precautions will ensure a safe school year for everyone. He noted that school buses are picking up children throughout the county, parents are on the road dropping off their children, and some students are on bicycles hurrying to school.

Driving tips:

• Obey all speed limits, especially in school zones.

• Use seat belts and safety seats.

• Don’t make U-turns.

• Watch for pedestrians in crosswalk.

• Do not block traffic by stopping in the middle of the street to load or unload students.

• Obey all curb markings.

• Do not stop across the street from the school to drop off your children. This encourages children to run across the street, through traffic, to get to school.

• When a school bus stops and flashes its red lights, traffic approaching from either direction must stop before they reach the bus. This is true on a two-lane road, on a multi-lane highway and on a divided highway.

According to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, approximately 50,000 motorists illegally pass school buses statewide each school day.

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