Neighborhood Safe Driver Education Campaign
Safety is a community affair: everybody is part of the problem and everyone is part of the solution! Let the community know that the school is promoting increased walking and biking and let them know why (and how) they should support it.
Key Safety Messages we can all follow and promote
With school in session, more people are sharing on the roads. Younger children often have limited experience with traffic and lack the skills to negotiate traffic safely. Motorists need to take special care while driving. Help our children walk safely to school by following these important safety rules:
- Be aware of school zone area and residential areas beyond.
- Reduce speed in school zones, and extend this if there are lots of pedestrians.
- Be ready to stop at all times. Children do not always notice oncoming traffic.
- Always try to make eye contact with children waiting to cross the road.
- Be patient and wait for children to complete their crossing before proceeding.
- Stop when directed to do so by a crossing guard.
Park and Stride
This project promotes walking to school from a remote location. If students live far away from school or if conditions make waling or biking unsafe, try partnering with a church, shopping center or other facility that has parking options to meet and walk as a group to school. It allows more participation in the program, allows more kids to get some exercise, and decreases the pollution and increases the safety at the arrival and departure areas at the school.
Driving is Necessary, Sometimes
There are times when we have to drive, when you do please buckle up! Refer to ODOT's "Buckle Up" video for more information and laws.