FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY)- Students are heading back to school and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department wants to make sure each student has a safe and successful school year!
Below are tips in order to make sure students and the community are safe:
Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they take proper safety precautions.
Review your family’s walking safety rules.
Walk on the sidewalk, if one is available, when on a street with no sidewalk, walk facing the traffic.
Before you cross the street, stop and look all ways to see if cars are coming.
Never dart out in front of parked car.
Practice walking to school with your child.
Riding a bicycle to school
Make sure your child always wears his helmet when leaving the house.
Teach your children the rules of the road they need to know to ride their bicycles.
Ride on the right side of the road and in a single file.
Come to a complete stop before crossing the street.
Riding the bus to school
Go to the bus stop with your child to teach them the proper way to get on and off the
Make sure your children stand six feet away from the curb.
If your child and you need to cross the street in front of the bus, walk on the
side of the road until you are at least 12 feet ahead of the bus.
You always should be able to see the bus driver, and the bus driver always should be able to see you.
Sharing the road safely with school buses
School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation on the road today. In fact,
according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riding a bus to school is 13
times safer than riding in a passenger vehicle and 10 times safer than walking to school. The
reality of school bus safety is that more children are hurt outside the bus than inside as
passengers. Most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related crashes are pedestrians,
four to seven years old, who are hit by the bus or by motorists illegally passing a stopped
For this reason, it is necessary to know the proper laws and procedures for
sharing the road safely with school buses:
• All 50 states have a law making it illegal
to pass a school bus that is stopped to
load or unload children.
• School buses use yellow flashing lights
to alert motorists that they are preparing
to stop to load or unload children. Red
flashing lights and an extended stop sign
arm signals to motorists that the bus is
stopped and children are getting on or off
• All 50 states require that traffic in both
directions stop on undivided roadways
when students are entering or exiting a
• While state laws vary on what is required
on a divided roadway, in all cases, traffic
behind the school bus (traveling in the
same direction) must stop.
• The area 10 feet around a school bus is
where children are in the most danger of
being hit. Stop your car far enough from
the bus to allow children the necessary
space to safely enter and exit the bus.
• Be alert. Children are unpredictable.
Children walking to or from their bus are
usually very comfortable with their
surroundings. This makes them more
likely to take risks, ignore hazards or fail
to look both ways when crossing the
• Never pass a school bus on the right. It
is illegal and could have tragic
Sharing the road safely with child pedestrians
All drivers need to recognize the special safety needs of pedestrians, especially those that
are children. Young, elderly, disabled and intoxicated pedestrians are the most frequent
victims in auto-pedestrian collisions. Generally, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all
intersections; however, regardless of the rules of the road or right-of-way, you as a driver are
obligated to exercise great care and extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians.
• Drivers should not block the crosswalk
when stopped at a red light or waiting to
make a turn. Do not stop with a portion
of your vehicle over the crosswalk.
Blocking the crosswalk forces
pedestrians to go around your vehicle
and puts them in a dangerous situation.
• In a school zone when a warning flasher
or flashers are blinking, you must stop to
yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian
crossing the roadway within a marked
crosswalk or at an intersection with no
• Always stop when directed to do so by a
school patrol sign, school patrol officer or
designated crossing guard.
• Children are the least predictable
pedestrians and the most difficult to see.
Take extra care to look out for children
not only in school zones, but also in
residential areas, playgrounds and
• Don’t honk your horn, rev your engine or
do anything to rush or scare a pedestrian
in front of your car, even if you have the
school zones and
teenagers might be