School starts Thursday: Drive carefully

With school starting for students Thursday in Milford, school buses will be back on the roads and students will be walking to and from school or waiting at their bus stops.

Motorists should be careful when driving near school buildings or in designated drop-off zones for bussed students, Milford police said in a press release issued this week.

“If you are approaching a school bus from either the front or behind, and its yellow lights are flashing, the bus is preparing to stop,” police said. “If the red lights are flashing, you must stop.”
Police offered these reminders for drivers:
Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods and school zones.

Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

Enter and exit driveways/alleys slowly and carefully.

Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours.

Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the roadway.

Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving.
Reminders for your children:
They should cross the street with an adult. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.

Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars.

Make sure they always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them.

Rehearse with children their full name, address, and phone number (including area code). Show them how to make emergency phone calls from home and public phones. Walk the neighborhood with your children. Show them safe places they can go to in an emergency such as a trusted neighbor’s house or an open store.

Tell children never to accept gifts or rides from someone they don’t know well.

Report any suspicious activities to a trusted adult and call the police department.