A message from the USAG Ansbach Safety Office
GET BACK TO SCHOOL! Every parent’s happiest day of the year … every teacher’s saddest. Please read the following safety tips – German Law does not require vehicle operators to stop for School Buses loading/off-loading children — HOWEVER, vehicle operators on USAG Ansbach are REQUIRED to STOP for school buses loading/off-loading children!
Walking – In neighborhoods with higher levels of traffic, consider starting a “walking school bus,” in which an adult accompanies a group of neighborhood children walking to school. Be realistic about your child’s pedestrian skills, small children are impulsive and less cautious around traffic, carefully consider whether or not your child is ready to walk to school without adult supervision.
- Bright colored clothing will make your child more visible to drivers … Bike – always wear a bicycle helmet.
- Respect traffic lights and stop signs … wear bright color clothing to increase visibility … know the “rules of the road.”
School Bus – If your child’s school bus has lap/shoulder seat belts, make sure your child uses one at all times when in the bus.
- Wait for the bus to stop before approaching it from the curb … do not move around on the bus … Check to see that no other traffic is coming before crossing the street.
- Make sure to always remain in clear view of the bus driver.
- Children should always board and exit the bus at designated locations that provide safe access to the bus or to the school building.
Tips for Motorists – All passengers must wear a seat belt and/or an age and size-appropriate car safety seat or booster seat.
- Do not text or talk on your cell phone while driving … be alert for school zones that have a reduced speed limit at designated times of the day … keep an eye out for children walking in the street.
- Be alert for children playing and gathering near bus stops and for those who may dart into the street without looking for traffic … when backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch for children walking or biking to school.
- When driving in neighborhoods or school zones, watch for young people who may be in a hurry to get to or away from school and may not be thinking about getting there safely.
Tips for Parents – Be a good role model. Always buckle up in the car, always wear a helmet when biking, and always follow pedestrian safety rules. Don’t text or talk on your cell phone while driving!
- Parents, when stopping to drop-off children at school, always remember to look for vehicles/bicyclists approaching from the rear … motorists should not only check the rear-mirror before exiting but also turn their head to clear the rear – before opening the car door.
- Supervise young children as they are walking or biking to school, or as they wait at the school bus stop.
Tips for Students – Always buckle up when riding in a car. Be sure to remove your backpack before getting in the vehicle. Never buckle your safety belt with your backpack on.
- Always ride in the back seat. It’s the safest place for young people … always wear a helmet and follow traffic safety rules when riding your bike.
- If you ride a school bus, learn and practice the safety rules for waiting at the bus stop, getting on and off the bus, and riding the bus … never wait for the school bus in the roadway.
- If you walk to school, learn and practice the safety rules for pedestrians. It’s extremely important for you to use sidewalk when available, look left-right-left when crossing the road, and always walk facing traffic.
- Always cross at cross walks, obey all traffic signs, traffic lights and crossing guard instructions.
- Be a good role model for your younger brothers, sisters and friends, and help them learn and follow vehicle safety rules.
Need more information? Call your installation Safety Office, 468-1670 or 0981-183-1670.