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School Zone Safety

School Zone Safety Campaign

Main Safety Topics:

  • School bus safety: when drivers see the Stop Sign Arm on a school bus, they must stop and let students cross
  • Distracted driving: avoid cell phones or other distractions while driving, especially in school zones
  • Crosswalk rules: pedestrians and drivers must pay attention to crossing guards
  • Know your neighborhoodA geographic sub-area within the city that contains but is not limited to residential land uses. The extent of a neighborhood is variable and may be defined by tradition, organizational boundaries, period of building and development, or subdivision patterns. Neighborhood boundaries may include such features as major streets or other physical elements.: become familiar with the school zones in your area and know the rules for dropping off and picking up students
  • Enforcement and consequences: The Colorado Springs Police Department is dedicated to enforcing school zone safety laws year round

Please share any concerns with our Traffic Engineering Division by emailing bshevock@springsgov.com.

Action Steps You Can Take

Walking to School

  • Walk to school with a group of kids and always have a responsible adult with you.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk if one is available.
  • If no sidewalk is available, walk facing the traffic.
  • The safest place to cross is at a street corner or intersection.
  • Before you step off the curb to cross the street, stop and look all ways to see if cars are coming.
  • When no cars are coming, it is safe for you and an adult to cross. Look left-right-left as you do it, and hold the adult’s hand.
  • Walk, don’t run. This gives time for drivers to see you before you enter the roadway. Running also makes you more likely to fall in the street.
  • Don’t dart out in front of a parked car. The driver of the car will not be able to see you.

*Source SafeKids Worldwide

You can download and print this Back to School Safety flyer.