TIPS FOR WALKERS
The Houlton Police Department would like to remind drivers
and pedestrians to be extra careful when a new school year
starts. We are asking students to be extra cautious when
walking to and from school. Here are a few tips:
special attention to all traffic signals and crossing guards.
cross the street against a red light, even if you don't
see any traffic coming.
reflective clothing and bright colors so drivers can see
a safe walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the
most direct way with the fewest street crossings and if
possible, with intersections that have traffic controls.
children to arrive early for buses, stay out of the street,
and to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before
approaching the street.
BIKING TO SCHOOL
wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short or long the ride.
on the right, in the same direction as auto traffic.
appropriate hand signals.
traffic lights and stop signs.
bright colored clothing to increase visibility.
TIPS FOR DRIVERS
Drivers also need to be very aware when school is back in
session and children will be walking to and from schools
and bus stops. As autumn approaches, there will be less
daylight and children will be out early in the morning and
more difficult to see.
around schools and bus stops for children running into the
for children entering the street from behind buses or running
to catch the bus.
driving your children to school, deliver and pick them up
as close to the school as possible. Don't leave until they
are safely on school grounds.
slowly when approaching children riding bicycles and walking
near the street.
your speed when entering school zones.
WHEN RIDING THE SCHOOL BUS
your children to wear a lap/shoulder seat belt is one if
provided on the bus.
sure that children know to wait for the bus to come to a
complete stop before approaching it.
sure that your children can visually see the bus driver
at all times before moving to board the bus. Reinforce
the rule that the school bus driver is in-charge when they
are on the school bus. School bus drivers have a tremendous
responsibility to ensure that their undivided attention
is focused on delivering our children to and from school
in the safest way possible. Unruly, noisy or children moving
about on the bus only stands to create a distraction for
the bus driver that ultimately takes away from their ability
to safely and effectively focus on driving.
that children are not engaging in horseplay or other activities
that may subject them to unnecessary hazards associated
with vehicular traffic while waiting at bus stops.
The Houlton Police Department wishes everyone a safe school