School days and busy school zones are coming soon. This means more traffic, more school buses, more kids on bikes, and more pedestrians. Here are a few old tips and a new tip for drivers in a school zone.
First, the new one. The Florida law on texting and driving in a school zone has changed. Florida Statute 316.306 (3)(a) states that a person may not operate a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device in a handheld manner in a designated school crossing or school zone. However, the law does state that a motor vehicle that is stationary is not subject to the prohibition in the law. Bottom line, no holding your cellphone in your car in a school zone (hands-free is still ok).
Now some reminders for safety in a school zone to prevent accidents or injuries. Parents, don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles. Also, don’t load or unload children across the street from the school. Drivers, don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn at or near a school zone. This forces pedestrians to go around you which could put them in the path of moving traffic. Obviously, when the school zone lights are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection. Lastly, remember that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as vehicles, but bikes can be hard to see. Children riding bikes create special problems for drivers because usually they are not able to properly determine traffic conditions.
By exercising a little extra care and caution, school zones can be safer this year. Take your time. Know that some parents are rushing to drop off their children after a stressful morning. Cutting them a break in a school zone could make their day.
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