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  • Walk around your vehicle to check for children playing.
  • Turn off your radio to better hear your surroundings.
  • Keep your foot on the brake until you completely shift into reverse.
  • Back out slowly.
  • Teach children to never play in, on, around, or under vehicles.
  • Know your vehicle's blind spots and look again before backing.

  • While on a bicycle, ride in the same direction as traffic and obey all traffic signs, signals and lane markings.
  • Always use a headlight and taillight at night.
  • Pedestrians should use the sidewalk if there is one; if not, walk on the side of the road facing traffic.
  • Always cross streets where pedestrians are expected, such as corners and crosswalks.
  • And be visible. Wear bright and reflective colors on your clothes, shoes and/or wristbands.

  • Motorists are required to stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arms extended.
  • The only time traffic approaching an oncoming school bus does not need to stop, is if there is a raised barrier such as a concrete divider or at least five feet of unpaved space separating the lanes of traffic.
  • Motorists should be alert and watch for children especially near schools, bus stops, school buses, and in school parking lots.
  • At bus stops, children should wait in a safe place away from the road.
  • Children should never walk behind a bus.
  • Remember, Stop on Red, kids ahead!

  • Buckle up. A seatbelt is your vehicle's most important safety feature, but it only works if you use it.
  • Florida law requires the use of seat belts by drivers of motor vehicles and all children riding in a vehicle under the age of 18.
  • Keep children in the back seat, at least through age 12, if possible. Front seat air bags, when deployed, can be dangerous to children.
  • A new law taking effect in January 2015 will require children 4 and 5 years of age to ride in a booster seat.

Week 1: Be Aware While Backing
Week 2: Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
Week 3: Bus Safety
Week 4: Safety Belts and Child Restraints
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