Police urge drivers to be cautious as school starts

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Updated: 8/21/2013 10:53 am Published: 8/19/2013 1:29 pm

The Tulsa Police Department wants drivers to keep children safe by slowing down in school zones and avoiding distractions behind the wheel.

Police said with so many children walking and riding their bikes to and from school, drivers need to put down their cell phones and focus on the road.

Police also urge parents to talk to children about school safety and keep these important tips in mind:

  • If your children will be walking to school, walk the route with them beforehand. Choose the most direct way, and be sure the route has sufficient sidewalks, lighting and crossing guards.

  • Absent a crossing guard, be sure your child knows when it is safe to cross the street.

  • Make sure your child walks to and from school with other trusted schoolmates and follows the tried and true axiom, "Never talk to strangers."

  • Teach your kids to obey all traffic signals when walking or biking to school.

  • When biking, be sure your child has a helmet and appropriate safety pads.

  • When waiting for the school bus, always stand on the curb away from the roadway. Always remain seated while on the bus.

  • Be sure your child knows a phone number where you can be reached in case of an emergency.

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