WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Police Department is urging motorists to help preserve the safety of local school children traveling to and from school by noticing and observing school speed zones, school bus traffic, pedestrians and cyclists.
Police officials urge drivers to always be alert and avoid distractions, but especially when school is in session.
Morning drive times between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. are especially significant, as well as the after-school times of 2 p.m. through dusk.
In addition to driving at safe speeds, motorists are reminded to safely share the road with buses and remember the following:
Stop your car when you see lights flashing on a school bus. Red flashing lights indicate that the bus is stopped and students are getting on or off. Also stop when behind a bus with its crossing arm extended.
Stop when facing the bus if on a two-lane roadway, two-lane roadway with center lane, or four-lane roadway without a median separation.
Do not start driving until the red lights stop flashing. Be aware that a child may dash across the street.
Avoid distractions, such as cellphones
Be especially careful when driving on neighborhood streets and around school zones. Always expect the unexpected.
Be alert for children walking to and from school as you back out of your driveway or leave your parking garage.
Watch for children on bicycles, especially at intersections and driveways. Young bicyclists have a tendency to dart out of driveways without looking for traffic.
To further promote traffic safety, pedestrians are urged to use sidewalks when possible and walk facing traffic as a safety precaution. Pedestrians should also use crosswalks when crossing a street. By law, motorists are required to stop for any pedestrian at any marked crosswalk. However, any pedestrian that chooses to cross a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection must yield the right of way to vehicles upon the roadway.
Bicyclists should remain on the road and ride with traffic, obeying all traffic signals and signs as if driving a motor vehicle. Children under the age of 16 are required by N.C. law to wear a helmet.
For more information, contact the Wake Forest Police Department at 919-554-6150.