TRENTON –With school back in session, it is imperative that both motorists and students be extra vigilant on New Jersey’s roadways, especially in school zones and near bus stops, Attorney General Paul T. Dow and Acting Highway Traffic Safety Director Gary Poedubicky cautioned today.
According to Poedubicky, in New Jersey, from 2008 to 2010, 19 children between the ages of five and 15 lost their lives and nearly 2,000 were injured in incidences involving pedestrians and bicyclists colliding with motor vehicles.
“With the summer season behind us and New Jersey’s flood waters beginning to recede, New Jersey residents must focus on the new school year ahead,” Dow said. “The safety of our state’s 1.3 million students is a responsibility that my office takes very seriously.”
“With the days getting shorter, wet leaves on the road and children going to and from school, autumn is a season in which drivers need to be extra careful,” Poedubicky said. “When you are operating a motor vehicle, staying focused on the road can mean the difference between life and death.”
Poedubicky offered the following tips to motorists and students:
- Be aware of children walking to and from bus stops, as they might not be paying attention and dart into the road.
- Be aware of school zone signage and reduce speed in school zones.
- Be patient and wait for children to complete their crossing before proceeding. Remember the law now requires motorists to stop and remain stopped for pedestrians in crosswalks.
- DO NOT text while driving.
- Always stop, look and listen before crossing.
- Always cross at the crosswalk and obey all traffic lights and crossing guard instructions.
- Try to arrive at the bus stop early so you are never rushing to catch the bus. Always wait at least 6 feet from the curb and don’t approach the bus until it comes to a complete stop.
Additional tips for school zone safety can be found at: http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/downloads/School_Zone_Tip_Sheet.pdf
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