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BSO: WHEN SCHOOL IS IN, SPEEDING IS OUT

PIO Number: 13-8-13 
 
 
As more than a quarter of a million students prepare to go back to school, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel is reminding drivers to keep children safe by slowing down in school zones and avoiding distractions behind the wheel. With so many children walking and riding their bikes to and from school, it’s time for all drivers to put down their cell phones and focus on the road.
 
 
“Back-to-School Safety” News Conference
10 a.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2013 
9400 block of Northwest 58 Street, Tamarac
 
 
“Sending a text message or checking an email on your smart phone isn’t as important as protecting the safety of our children. As a dad, I’m asking you to be careful. As your sheriff, I’m warning you that deputies will be out enforcing the speed limits in school zones,” Sheriff Israel said.
 
 
Parents should talk to children about school safety and keep these important tips in mind:
 
 
• If your children will be walking to school, walk the route with them beforehand. Choose the most    direct way, and be sure the route has sufficient sidewalks, lighting and crossing guards.
 
 
• Absent a crossing guard, be sure your child knows when it is safe to cross the street.
 
 
• Make sure your child walks to and from school with other trusted schoolmates and follows the tried  and true axiom, "Never talk to strangers."
 
 
• Teach your kids to obey all traffic signals when walking or biking to school.
 
 
• When biking, be sure your child has a helmet and appropriate safety pads.
 
 
• When waiting for the school bus, always stand on the curb away from the roadway. Always remain  seated while on the bus.
 
 
• Be sure your child knows a phone number where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO

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