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Back-to-school safety campaign aimed at drivers

KINGMAN - With the start of school looming, the Mohave County Sheriff's Office is starting a "Back to School Safety Campaign" to remind drivers to slow down and be aware of students and school buses.

The focus will be on motorists who illegally pass school buses, speed in school zones, fail to wear or ensure their children wear safety belts, or commit other unsafe driving actions in and around schools in unincorporated areas of Mohave County.

"Our goal is not to hand out citations but to raise awareness that school is back in session and to drive safely at all times, but particularly around our schools," said Chief Deputy Jim McCabe.  

Safety tips:

• Be realistic about your child's pedestrian skills. Because children are impulsive and less cautious around traffic, carefully consider whether or not your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision.

• If your child is young or is walking to a new school, walk with them the first week to make sure they know the route and can do it safely. Ensure your children to walk in groups for safety purposes.

• Bright-colored clothing will make your child more visible to drivers.

• When biking to school, always wear a bicycle helmet, no matter how short or long the ride. Ride on the right, in the same direction as automobile traffic and use appropriate hand signals. Observe and respect traffic lights, stop signs and know the rules of the road.

• Children taking a bus to or from school should always wait for the bus to stop before approaching it from the curb. Make sure no traffic is coming before crossing the street and always remain in clear view of the bus driver.  

• Children should only board and exit the bus in designated locations.

• Motorists should watch for children who may be in a hurry before or after school in neighborhoods or school zones.

• Be alert for school zones that have a reduced speed limit at designated times of the day.  

• Keep an eye out for children walking in the street, especially where there are no sidewalks. Watch out for children playing and gathering near bus stops.

• Watch for school buses. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm indicate the school bus is stopping to load or unload children. State law requires you to stop when traveling in either direction on the roadway.


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