Police: Drive Carefully as Students Head Back to School This Week – Town of Hamilton


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:  Back to school safety tips - Barrie News

  • 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.

Ensure students:

  • 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.

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