The summer seems to have gone by too fast for many Missouri residents. While most children may be upset at the thought of returning to school, at the law office of Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we also understand that the start of the school year is a serious safety issue. You and others may want to consider common traffic problems involving students returning to school.

The National Safety Council has designated August as Back to School Month. You and other drivers might not be accustomed to seeing children walking and riding their bicycles to school or waiting for their buses. The increase in traffic with parents driving their children to school can also create a safety hazard. Therefore, you may want to consider the following tips:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings, including children being near traffic.
  • Realize that children do not always follow traffic rules and may dart into the street.
  • Stop for school buses when the warning lights are flashing or the safety bar is extended, and never drive around a stopped bus.
  • Observe reduced speed limits in school zones.
  • Teach your children the different safety tactics of walking near traffic, crossing the street, riding their bikes and waiting for the school bus.

There is much that you can do to prevent a tragedy from occurring after school has started. Unfortunately, you cannot always predict or prevent the actions of others. Our page on motor vehicle accidents explains your options if you or your child are injured by another driver.