Back to School Safety

With young drivers back on the road, and students crossing the street to get to class, traffic in school zones is higher this time of year.

Pay attention to posted speed limits in school zones as well as new state laws; which don’t permit cell phone use of any kind in a school zone.

Make sure your child heads back to the classroom knowing their full name, address, and phone number – just in case they find themselves in a situation where the parent needs to be contacted.

And point out your neighborhood’s helping hand homes – these houses are screened by the police department as safe places if your child needs help.

If you’re unsure how to talk to your student about safety remember the best way is to be direct.

“Whether it’s a young driver and these motorists tips or a young child traversing the neighborhood, walking to the bus stop, the best way is to just talk to them directly. If you’re uncomfortable, do this, look for a helping hand, walk with a friend just talk directly to kids because that’s the best way to get the message,” Commander Louis Cammiso, Naperville Police Department.

DuPage County has a no tolerance policy when it comes to school zone laws.

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