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The Midlothian Fire Department is reminding motorists to be EXTRA alert this time of year for the beginning of the school year in Cook County. With the opening of school we will see an increased traffic on our roadways as the teachers, student drivers, and school buses make their way to and from school.

It is an exciting time of year for children, especially children who will be attending or driving to school for the first time. Unfortunately, it also means that young, inexperienced children are in the traffic mix, where they are more at risk to be struck by vehicles or involved in accidents. These crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 and older and the problem escalates during the months kids are in school motorists can help reduce the risk to children going to and from school by:

  • Slowing down in school and residential areas
  • Watching for clues that give warning of children in the area (bicycles, crossing guards, school buses)
  • Obeying school bus stop laws
  • Clearing fogged windows before driving
  • Obeying all traffic signs/signals
  • Avoiding school zones during arrival and dismissal hours
  • Practice extra caution in bad weather
  • Ensure all passengers are utilizing seat belts and children safety seats correctly
  • Adjust your travel time to allow for school traffic

Remember, some children, especially those going to school for the first time, may have never learned traffic safety. Others may have forgotten over the summer. Drivers need to be cautious around schools, bus stops and areas where children walk to school. Be safe and have a great school year!
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