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;RETURN TO SCHOOL SAFETY TIPS
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As summer draws to a close, back-to-school season is in full effect. Safety should be a priority for every family as children return to classrooms this fall. It is important for parents to stay up-to-date on the proper safety precautions and share this information with their children to keep them safe throughout the school year.
  
Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is a national initiative designed to encourage drivers of all other kinds of vehicles and motorcyclists to “share the road” with each other.
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:Use this checklist to review important safety procedures to make sure your children are fully prepared for the school year.
  
  
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Now that warmer weather has is right around the corner, motorcyclists will soon be out in force. Drivers of cars, trucks and buses are reminded to look out for and share the road with motorcycle riders, and motorcycle riders are reminded to obey traffic laws, wear DOT-compliant helmets and other protective gear, and make themselves visible by wearing bright colors and using reflective tape.
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:Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they take proper safety precautions.
  
Increasing safe riding and cooperation between all road users and motorcyclists will help to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways.
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:Not just parents, but all motorists, need to know how to safely share the road with school buses, pedestrians and bicyclists.
  
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:The back-to-school season is a great time to learn about Graduated Driver Licensing and what practices will work best for your family.
  
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Motorcycles are among the smallest and most vulnerable vehicles on the road and riders are at greater risk of death and serious injury than other vehicle operators if they are involved in a crash. In fact, according to the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), per vehicle mile, motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of cars, and 5 times more likely to be injured.
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:In 2009, more than 230,000 children visited hospital emergency rooms because of playground injuries, many of which could have been prevented.
  
NHTSA’s latest statistics bear out this unfortunate fact. In 2011, 4,612 motorcyclists died on America’s roads, accounting for 14 percent of total highway deaths despite motorcycle registrations representing only about 3 percent of all vehicles in the country.
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:Overloaded backpacks continue to cause injuries, including bruises, sprains and strains to the back and shoulder and fractures.
  
Despite historical declines in automobile fatalities, motorcycle deaths have increased every year for 13 of the past 14 years, except 2009 which saw a decline.  
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;[http://www.nsc.org/safety_home/SafetyObservances/Documents/Back%20to%20School/Preventing%20Bullying.pdf Preventing Bullying]
 
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:Every adult plays an important role in addressing bullying and making schools a safe and respectful place for all children.
 
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Motorists and motorcyclists have a common responsibility to share the road together in a safe, courteous and conscientious manner.  Drivers need to be on the lookout for motorcyclists at all times, signal all lane changes and turns,  and constantly be checking mirrors and blind spots before proceeding. Drivers must be fully focused and alert to the road, and in control of their vehicles at all times by never driving impaired by alcohol, drugs or distraction.
 
  
Riders should obey all traffic laws, be properly licensed, use reflective tape and stickers to increase their conspicuous, and always wear a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet and other proper protective equipment. Like their motorist counterparts, motorcyclists should never ride while impaired or distracted.
 
  
Together, motorists and motorcyclists can work together to keep each other and our roads safe for everyone, not only in May, but all year long.  Additional information about safe motorcycle riding can be found at [http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Motorcycles the NHTSA web site].
 
  
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Latest revision as of 14:37, 8 August 2014

RETURN TO SCHOOL SAFETY TIPS

School safety sign.jpg

As summer draws to a close, back-to-school season is in full effect. Safety should be a priority for every family as children return to classrooms this fall. It is important for parents to stay up-to-date on the proper safety precautions and share this information with their children to keep them safe throughout the school year.

Back-to-School Safety Checklist
Use this checklist to review important safety procedures to make sure your children are fully prepared for the school year.


Transportation Safety

Traveling to School Safely
Whether children walk, ride their bicycle or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they take proper safety precautions.
Back to School Safety Tips for Motorists
Not just parents, but all motorists, need to know how to safely share the road with school buses, pedestrians and bicyclists.
Teen Driving Safety
The back-to-school season is a great time to learn about Graduated Driver Licensing and what practices will work best for your family.


School Safety

Playground Safety
In 2009, more than 230,000 children visited hospital emergency rooms because of playground injuries, many of which could have been prevented.
Backpack Safety
Overloaded backpacks continue to cause injuries, including bruises, sprains and strains to the back and shoulder and fractures.
Preventing Bullying
Every adult plays an important role in addressing bullying and making schools a safe and respectful place for all children.



Contact
Chief Russell Roper
534 Washington Street
Montpelier, ID 83254
Work: 208-847-1324
Fax  : 208-847-1346
russr@montpelierpd.com