City of Bettendorf, Iowa

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A Public Safety Announcement from Bettendorf Police

POSTED: August 22, 2016

School is starting soon and the Bettendorf Police would like to remind all drivers, students, and parents to put safety first in school zones and near bus stops to ensure children can travel to and from school safely.

Please review and share the following traffic tips!

Motorists:

• Obey signs, signals, and crossing guards in school zones.
• Slow down especially with children walking/biking to school and around bus stops and in school zones and in low light or bad weather.
• Learn and obey the school bus laws.
• Drive focused and alert at all times. Avoid use of electronic devices and other distracting behaviors while driving.
• Ensure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up properly and that children are in the back seat in the proper seat.
• Drop off so the child does not have to cross the street.
• Look for and expect to see pedestrians and bicyclists, especially before and after school.

School bus riders:

• Stay three giant steps (six feet) away from the curb when waiting for the bus; and wait until the driver says to board.
• Quickly board the school bus, find a seat, sit facing the front, and do what the school bus driver say to do.

Children walking to school:

• Walk with an adult, responsible older sibling, or in a group.
• Walk on the sidewalk if there is one, or walk facing traffic as close to the curb as possible.
• Walk focused and alert. Never use electronics when crossing the street.
• Pay attention to surroundings and don’t play with, push, or shove others.
• Cross at a corner, in a crosswalk, or with a pedestrian WALK signal.
• Stop and look left-right-left for all traffic, including bicycles, before crossing. Cross only when it is clear.

Children riding a bike to and from school:

• Wear and buckle a properly fit helmet every ride.
• Wear bright colors and/or use lights or reflective wear to be more visible to motorists.
• Have a good grasp of traffic safety rules including riding in the same direction as traffic and stopping at all stop signs and signals--when riding on the road, bicyclists have to obey all traffic laws like motor vehicles do!!
• Choose safe routes to ride, including streets with lower traffic volume and speeds.
• Ride focused and alert—never using electronics or both ear buds while riding.