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People urged to keep safety tips in mind for back to school

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Alarm clocks ringing, backpacks full and kids rushing out the door - signs that all point to back-to-school time.

As students are beginning their first days of another school year, local law enforcement reminds people of safety tips.

For walkers:

  • Walk the safest route
  • Avoid walking alone - have a friend or parent to walk with to and from school
  • Use crosswalks whenever possible or designated school crossing zones
  • Never cross the street between parked cars

For bicycle riders:

  • Always wear a helmet, no matter how short or long the ride is
  • Wear bright colored clothing to increase visibility
  • If riding on the street, ride on the right side going in the same direction as traffic
  • Secure "cargo," like a backpack, to ensure safe operation of the bicycle

For bus riders:

  • Wait for the bus to stop until approaching from the curb
  • Stay in clear view of the bus driver and wait until signaled to board the bus
  • Do not move around on the bus
  • Don't assume drivers see every rider

The Iowa State traffic code states all vehicles that meet a school bus with flashing amber lights must slow down to twenty miles per hour or slower. When a school bus stops with red or amber lights flashing and extends the stop sign signal, cars must come to a complete stop at least 15 feet away from the bus. Cars cannot pass the bus until it resumes motion and has retracted the stop sign.

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