The Written, and Unwritten, Laws of School Zones
Safe Driving for Our Future
School District 2, the Billings area schools, have started up again. That means there is more traffic in the morning, teen drivers, and school zones have started to flash again. It means that your morning commute may take a little longer. As we strive to be the best auto body repair shop in Billings, we want to make sure that you, and our future leaders, are safe out there.
Staying Safe in School Zones
We know that school zones have slower speed limits. But there are a few other rules that aren’t really written down that we should all follow so that we can avoid news articles about children being hit.
Mind the Crossing Guard
Crossing guards don’t seem like they have a hard job, but it’s not easy shuffling rowdy children across the street! Keep in mind that most of these people are volunteers, so a little kindness from motorists goes a long way to helping them stay sane.
Don’t Block a Crosswalk
While traffic can stop suddenly in a school zone, do your best not to block the crosswalk. If traffic suddenly stops, back up a little if possible, or inch forward so that children can cross the street safely without having to divert too far around your vehicle.
Stopped Car Means Pedestrian
Sometimes people drop off by simply stopping in the middle of the road. Sometimes people stop to let a small child cross. Sometimes people stop because a kid is running (or riding a bike) quickly toward the street. Going around a vehicle (unless they’re safely pulled to the side) isn’t just illegal, it’s dangerous. Wait until it’s clear, then proceed.
Drop the Phone
We know the dangers of using a phone while driving. Texting while driving is even worse. Despite a hands free law in Billings, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of drivers who continue to use their phone while they drive. If you’re going to put lives in danger, at least drop the phone while you’re around little kids.
Expect Sudden Children
Kids are small. They can be easily overlooked when they’re sitting behind a tree, electrical box, vehicle, or larger person. They are also impulsive, and may run into the road at any moment without watching for cars. Keep a sharp eye out for kids darting across the street.
Put on the Brakes
School zones have reduced speeds; usually 15 or 25 miles per hour. Sometimes it seems silly to be driving so slow when there are no children present. There are two reasons you should slow down, even in a deserted school zone. First, there could be kids that you don’t see. Second, a ticket for blowing through a school zone isn’t going to feel good on your bank account, or look good on your record. It’s not worth saving 11 seconds on your commute.
Stopped Busses Mean Stop
Every year we see reports of people blowing past busses that have their stop signs out. Every year we hear reports of children struck and killed by motorists going around busses. The stop sign on a bus means stop. It’s not slow down, it’s not go past quickly, it’s not hurry and try to get by before the kids disembark the bus. It’s stop, every time.
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