Back to school is right around the corner! Washington Township Police wish all students a safe and successful school year! Safety is everyone’s responsibility and back-to-school is an opportune time to remind students about important steps that can help keep them safe while out in the community. Parents/guardians are also encouraged to role-play possible situations with students and discuss personal safety and awareness tips.
Tips for Motorists:
- It is against the law to pass a stopped school bus while its lights are flashing and its stop arm is extended.
- Obey speed limits which may change during school zone times.
- Avoid distracted driving and keep your attention on the road.
- Watch for students walking and riding bikes to school.
- Don’t pass a stopped school bus loading or unloading passengers. On a two-lane road, vehicles traveling in both directions must stop.
- Have all vehicle occupants wear their seatbelts.
- Pick-up and drop-off students in designated locations.
Pedestrians are reminded to:
- Cross the street at marked crosswalks and never against a red light.
- Look before you cross and follow the direction of school crossing guards
- Always walk on designated sidewalks or paths, never along the side of a road.
- Wear your helmet. Helmets are required for riders ages 14 and younger but are recommended for all.
- Keep right and ride with traffic.
- Secure your bicycle with a lock when not in use
- Bicyclists please ride Single File so you do not impede the flow of traffic.
For further information on bicycling in New Jersey, please click here.
- Know their address, telephone number and how to contact a parent or guardian.
- Remain aware of their surroundings.
- Walk or bike with another person, whenever possible
- Stay in well-lit areas.
- Limit the use of devices that may distract them.
- Avoid engaging in conversation with strangers.
- Immediately report anything that makes them feel unsafe to a trusted adult.