Chief of Police
30 Mt Vernon St.
Winchester, MA 01890
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Winchester Police Provide Back to School Safety Tips
WINCHESTER — With the new school year quickly approaching, Chief Peter MacDonnell and the Winchester Police Department encourage residents to review several important safety tips.
All students in the Winchester Public Schools will return to class on Sept. 6.
“We’re aware that back to school means busy schedules for families, but staying safe is vital even in those hectic times,” Chief MacDonnell said. “It is imperative for parents, guardians, and all members of the community to be cognizant of their surroundings, especially during pick up and drop off times.”
The Winchester Police Department recommends that residents follow several safety tips outlined by the National Safety Council:
If you’re dropping off
- Do not double park. It blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.
- Do not load or unload children across the street from the school.
Share the road with young pedestrians
According to the National Safety Council, the majority of children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old. While walking, they are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. The initial fine for illegally passing a school bus is $250, with repeat offenders facing increased fines, as well as license suspensions and revocations.
- Do not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn. This forces pedestrians to go around you and could put them in the path of moving traffic.
- In a school zone, when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
- Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign and never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
Share the road with buses
- Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children.
- If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.
- The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children. Stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.
- Be alert. Children often are unpredictable and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.
Protect new teenage drivers
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds parents to set rules before teenagers hit the road with “Five to Drive:”
- No cell phones while driving
- No extra passengers
- No speeding
- No alcohol
- No driving or riding without a seat belt