Chief Domenic J. DiMella
27 Hamilton Street
Saugus, MA 01906
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Saugus Police Share Back To School Safety Tips
SAUGUS — As students prepare to return to school, Chief Domenic DiMella and the Saugus Police Department ask that community members follow several important safety tips.
The Saugus Public Schools open for all students on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
“Drivers need to remain vigilant as students return to school, and maintain heightened awareness in school zones, as well as near bus stops and crosswalks,” Chief DiMella said. “Parents should stress the importance of safely walking along busy roads with their children, emphasizing the need to remain alert and off their phones while crossing the street or exiting the bus.”
With students often on their phones texting, browsing the internet or playing games, the Saugus Police Department recommends that parents talk to their children about following safety tips provided by the National Safety Council (NSC) when headed to and from school:
- Never walk while texting. If you need to respond to a text, move out of the way of others and stop on the sidewalk.
- Never cross the street while using an electronic device.
- Look left, right, then left again before crossing the street.
- Cross only at crosswalks.
Drivers should be on increased alert when traveling through school zones and should NEVER text and drive. Additionally, the NSC reminds operators that:
- Stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
- Always stop for a crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
- Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas
- Do not honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way
- Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
To best ensure that children who travel to school by bus get there safely, Saugus Police advise that students follow these tips from the NSC:
Getting on the bus:
- When waiting for the bus, stay away from traffic and avoid roughhousing or other behavior that can lead to carelessness.
- Line up away from the street as the bus approaches.
- Wait until the bus has stopped and the doors open before approaching.
Behavior on the bus:
- If available, always wear your seat belt.
- Don’t put your head, arms or hands out the window.
- Wait for the bus to stop completely before getting up from your seat.
Getting off the bus:
- If you have to cross in front of the bus, walk at least 10 feet ahead until you can see the driver. Make sure the driver can see you too.
- Wait for a signal from the driver before crossing. When the driver signals, look left, right, then left again. Walk across the road and keep an eye out for sudden traffic changes.
- If your vision is blocked, move to an area where you can see other drivers and they can see you.