Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Saugus Police Remind Community of Back to School Safety Tips
SAUGUS — As students get ready to go back to school next week, Chief Domenic DiMella and the Saugus Police Department would like to provide safety tips for residents to ensure a safe start to the school year for all.
Students in the Saugus Public Schools will begin classes on Wednesday, Aug. 31.
“Heading back to school can be both an exciting and a stressful time for both students and parents,” Chief DiMella said. “In order to make the transition as smooth as possible, we ask that all residents to be mindful of the safety tips provided and remember to always be considerate of your fellow community members.”
Saugus Police recommend that residents follow several safety tips outlined by the National Safety Council:
If you’re dropping off
- Do not double park. It blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.
- Do not load or unload children across the street from the school.
Additionally, Saugus Police remind parents and guardians dropping off and/or picking up students to only do so in designated areas and to be aware of parking and traffic restrictions.
Share the road with young pedestrians
According to the National Safety Council, the majority of children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old. While walking, they are hit by the bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. The initial fine for illegally passing a school bus is $250, with repeat offenders facing increased fines, as well as license suspensions and revocations.
- Do not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn. This forces pedestrians to go around you and could put them in the path of moving traffic.
- In a school zone, when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
- Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign and never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
Share the road with buses
- Never pass a bus from behind – or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children.
- If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.
- The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children. Stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus.
- Be alert. Children often are unpredictable and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.
Protect new teenage drivers
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reminds parents to set the rules before they hit the road with “Five to Drive”:
- No cell phones while driving
- No extra passengers
- No speeding
- No alcohol
- No driving or riding without a seat belt