The Bay County Sheriff's Office issued a reminder today that public schools in Bay County will start the school year on Tuesday, August 20th. This will increase the number of vehicles carrying children on the roads in Bay County making traffic safety rules especially important.
Drivers are encouraged to leave earlier than usual on Tuesday as there will likely be delays along travel routes, especially if there are schools along the route. Please be careful to observe changes in speed limits in school zones. Also, be aware that Crossing Guards will be working around most elementary schools and will be stopping traffic in school zones so children can safely cross the street. When dropping off children at school, please do so in designated school drop off areas.
If you find yourself behind a school bus, be patient, and do not pass a stopped school bus. Also, along roads that do not have a five foot median, vehicles traveling in the opposite direction of the school bus must also stop when the buses stop to pick up or drop off children.
Parents are encouraged to discuss stranger danger issues with young children. Children should never enter the vehicle or home of a stranger. Parents should not place personal information about their child on the outside of their backpack or school bag where a stranger can see it. Teach children who will be waiting at bus stops to remain at the stop and do not play in the street near a bus stop. Most elementary schools have Crossing Guards. Teach young children who will be walking to school to cross the street where the Crossing Guard will be stopping traffic.
Above all, remain patient during any travel delays and remember the goal is for everyone to arrive at their destination safely!
Information provided by the Bay County Sheriff's Office