#HeadsUp: AMR Fremont County cautions drivers to slow down as students head back to school
AMR Fremont County shares the following:
AMR Fremont County Cautions Drivers to Slow Down: Back to School Means Sharing the Road
FREMONT COUNTY, WY — It’s back to school time and time to remember safe driving habits in school zones and around buses. AMR Fremont County wants to remind all drivers that by exercising a little extra care and caution, drivers and pedestrians can coexist safely in school zones.
“As children and their parents get back into the school routine, it’s important to keep traffic safety in mind,” says Diane Lane, AMR-FC Operations Manager. “Be more careful in the fall – more children are injured by cars in September than any other month. Children are going back to school and drivers have to adjust again after a summer season.”
Most school zones have posted speed limits of 20 mph or less. Studies have found that five percent of pedestrians hit by a vehicle at 20 mph suffer a fatality. The risk of fatality rises to 45 percent when pedestrians are struck by a vehicle going 30 mph, and the risk goes up to 80 percent for a pedestrian who is hit by a vehicle traveling at 40 mph.
When driving through a school zone:
Obey the speed limit
Stop completely at stop signs and crosswalks
Choose a different route – if you are a daily commuter and not a parent picking up or dropping off their child, avoid a school zone if you can
If You’re Dropping Off…
Schools often have very specific drop-off procedures. Make sure you know the rules for the safety of all children:
Don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles
Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school
Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school
Sharing the Road with School Buses
It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop from either direction if you are on an undivided road.
If you’re driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you were driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing.
Most importantly, be alert – children are often unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.
For more information on back to school safety, visit the National Safety Council at nsc.org.
AMR Fremont County is on Facebook at: Facebook.com/AMRFremontCountyWY
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About American Medical Response
AMR Fremont County serves all areas of Fremont County and the Wind River Reservation, with station bases in Riverton, Lander and Dubois. American Medical Response, Inc., America’s leading provider of medical transportation, provides services in 40 states and the District of Columbia. More than 25,000 AMR paramedics, EMTs, RNs and other professionals work together to transport more than 4.4 million patients nationwide each year in critical, emergency and non-emergency situations. AMR, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare Corporation, is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo. For more information about AMR, visit www.amr.net and follow @AMR_Social on Twitter.
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