Tuesday Aug 19 2008
Keep safety in mind at back to school time
By: Mike Blair, Roseville Police Chief
It’s back to school time. With that in mind, here are some safety tips for parents, students and other motorists. First, for parents and students, remember traffic will be busy around your school. Allow plenty of extra time to get there and find a parking place. Always put safety before convenience. Know your safe routes to school – all campuses have designated entry and exit points for driving onto campus, parking, walking, and getting on and off school buses. These designated areas will be monitored by school staff. To minimize confusion and manage your time best, agree on a place to meet your student after school. This helps avoid panic and lost children reports, especially during the first few days of school. Stop and park only in designated areas. Respect the needs of those who live near your campus. Parents, make sure the school office has current emergency contact information for you. Walking or biking to school? Hurray! With the high price of gasoline, this is a great time to start walking or biking to school. Parents may want to walk or bike with their younger students to and from school. It’s great exercise, it spares the air and it eases traffic congestion and parking problems around our school campuses. Those under the age of 18 must wear a helmet when bicycling, riding a scooter, skating or skateboarding. Youngsters should be reminded that the extra minute it may take to wear this legally required equipment can save them from serious injury or death. Be a proactive parent and instill good safety habits for your children. Bicyclists, remember you must ride in the same direction as vehicular traffic. It’s legal to bicycle on the sidewalks in Roseville, as long as cyclists are courteous and careful around pedestrians. If you’re crossing the street, be sure to cross at designated areas, and follow the directions of school crossing guards as appropriate. When on foot, keep electronic music devices turned down, and don’t get too caught up in talking or texting. You need to pay attention to what is going on around you. For motorists, it’s important to be especially prudent while driving in and near school zones, where students congregate. Be mindful of young pedestrians and bicyclists along routes to school. Expect lots of extra traffic and congestion, especially during the first couple of weeks of school. Be patient – it will get better. Allow extra time to get to your destination, or if possible take a different route during school commute times.