School zones are a part of many neighborhoods in Southern California. For drivers, that means paying extra careful attention to posted signs and lights, especially during loading and unloading hours. Here are a few things that drivers can keep in mind when driving in school zones to keep everyone safe.
School Zone Safety Tips
There are many laws related to driving in school zones, but sometimes safety boils down to common sense and practicing safe driving. When driving in school zones, keep the following in mind:
- Yield to Flashing Beacons – Many school zones are marked with flashing beacons on posts or hanging above the road. When the beacons are flashing, that means that pedestrians are present in crosswalks, or near the road in loading zones. Be aware of these beacons and remember that pedestrians in crosswalks have the right of way.
- Never Pass Busses – It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a stopped school bus when lights are flashing or arms are extended.
- Keep Crosswalks Clear – When approaching a stop sign or traffic light, be aware of where the crosswalk is, and do not drive into the crosswalk. Stop before the crosswalk so that pedestrians can safely cross.
- Slow Down – Speed limits are reduced in school zones, usually during certain times of the day. However, it is a good idea to slow down and be extra aware of what is around you at any time of day.
- Avoid Distractions – Children are unpredictable, and often are near the road during loading and unloading. Drivers who are distracted may not see a child enter or cross the road.
- Reverse with Care – Every car has blind spots, which can make reversing dangerous. Reverse with care when you are in or near school zones.
By keeping these things in mind, you can be sure that you and those around you are safe while driving in a school zone.