Drivers across Michiana will soon see the familiar yellow school buses on the roads as children return to school.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to take extra precautions to avoid accidents involving schoolchildren.
Speed limits are significantly lower in school zones as children are walking to and from school, and school buses are exiting and entering the road. Signs will alert drivers that they're entering a school zone.
Some school zones are also marked by flashing yellow lights when the reduced speed limits are in effect.
Many children board school buses in the pre-dawn hours and it can be difficult for drivers to see them in the dark.
Children are killed every year while getting on or off a school bus or while waiting at the bus stop.
Here are some simple reminders for drivers:
- Slow down and be especially alert in the residential neighborhoods and school zones.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and 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 road and your surroundings. Put down your phone and don't talk or text while driving.
Reminder for your kids when walking to school: