With the swimming pools closing and the school doors opening, many area officials are reminding drivers to once again slow down in school zones.
Tulsa Police Department advised drivers to keep children returning to school this month safe by slowing down and avoiding distractions behind the wheel.
"With so many children walking and riding their bikes to and from school, it’s time for all drivers to put down their cell phones and focus on the road," according to the release.
In addition to drivers, parents should also talk to their children about school safety. TPD offered some of these tips:
- If your children will be walking to school, walk the route with them beforehand. Choose the most direct way, and be sure the route has sufficient sidewalks, lighting and crossing guards.
- Absent a crossing guard, be sure your child knows when it is safe to cross the street.
- Make sure your child walks to and from school with other trusted schoolmates and follows the tried and true axiom, "Never talk to strangers."
- Teach your kids to obey all traffic signals when walking or biking to school.
- When biking, be sure your child has a helmet and appropriate safety pads.
- When waiting for the school bus, always stand on the curb away from the roadway. Always remain seated while on the bus.
- Be sure your child knows a phone number where you can be reached in case of an emergency.