Back to School Safety

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 neighborhood: 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.