By Megan Wolfarth, Training and Safety Director

As many parents already know, it’s back to school time! While this can be an exciting time for parents and students alike, it’s important to review the rules of the road, especially when school buses are involved.

While traveling through school zones, it’s important to know that the speed limit is 15 mph, even if there are not signs or flashing yellow lights. Be aware of your surroundings and know if there is a school nearby. Half of all school-age pedestrians killed are between five and seven years old. It’s difficult for children that age to understand the dangers posed by moving vehicles, but as adults, we know better.

I know that it’s hard to follow the rules of the road (especially on a one-lane road with a school bus that stops seemingly every 10 feet), but take a deep breath, relax, and realize that a few extra minutes won’t kill you. If you look at it in a different way, keeping your cool will teach you patience and tolerance.

Think of it this way: If your child or grandchild were at that bus stop, would you want an aggressive driver around? I know I wouldn’t! So slow down, take it easy, and realize that it’s “better to be safe than sorry.”