Stay alert and slow down in school zones

SALT LAKE CITY—School’s back in full swing and so are kids. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) reminds drivers, pedestrians and bikers to be aware of all school zones and remain alert.

“School zones are not a place for speeding or distractions,” UDOT Director of traffic and safety Robert Miles said in a release. “It’s up to all of us to improve our traffic behaviors in order to ensure our children are safe in school zones.”

According to data from UDOT’s Traffic & Safety Division between 2013-2017, the hours of 7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. (going to/from school) were the most dangerous times of day for school-aged cyclists and pedestrians, the release said.

UDOT gives these reminders when driving in a school zone, near school buses or along pedestrian paths:

• Slow down in all school zones and drop off areas

• Remove all distractions in the vehicle – no eating, texting, putting on makeup, shaving, etc.

• Both sides of traffic must stop when red school bus lights are flashing

• Pay extra attention to crosswalks, yield to pedestrians and obey crossing guards

• Never pass, change lanes, or make U-turns in a school zone

• Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put pedestrians in the path of moving traffic.


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