MDOT encourages safety getting back to school

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from MDOT

JACKSON, MISS. —Whether walking, biking or riding a bus to school, safety should be everyone's top priority as summer comes to a close and children return to classrooms this fall. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) encourages all families to participate in Back to School Safety Month by staying up-to-date on the proper safety precautions and sharing this information with their friends and family.

To keep students safe throughout the school year, parents should be aware of safe traveling practices for trips to and from school. MDOT gives the following safety tips to use no matter how you plan to travel.

Walking to school:

  • Walk on the sidewalk if one is available and walk facing traffic when on a street with no sidewalk.
  • Before crossing the street, stop and look in all directions to see if cars are coming.
  • Never jump in front of a car even if it is parked.

Riding a bicycle to school:

  • Make sure your child always wears his or her helmet when leaving the house.
  • Ride on the right side of the road and in a single file line.
  • Come to a complete stop and looking both ways before crossing the street.

Riding the bus to school:

  • Make sure your children stand six feet away from the curb.
  • If you need to cross the street in front of a bus, walk on the side of the road until you are at least 12 feet ahead of the bus. You should always be able to see the bus driver, and the bus driver should always be able to see you.

By practicing walking to school or going to the bus stop with your child, you can teach them these proper practices. With these tips, you are well on your way to a safe and fun school year. For additional safety tips and to access information about the Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe! Campaign click here.