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Drivers: Stay cool, stay safe near NH schools as they open
But before bells ring, before a student shouts out “here” during roll call, before a student picks up his first pencil, that student has to arrive at school.
• Pull to the side of the road to stop your car and drop off your child. Stopping in the travel lane invites a rear-end collision.
• The child should use a crosswalk to cross the street.
Vincent said most Manchester schools were not designed with the expectations that large numbers of parents would drive their students to school. Rather, they are on narrow streets or heavily traveled streets.
“Beech Street is just an accident waiting to happen,” said Vincent, who added that police will be out in force today to make sure traffic and pedestrian rules are followed.
In the past, school officials have encouraged parents to have their children walk to school. Police Lt. Maureen Tessier said it is safe for students to walk to school in Manchester, noting an abundance of sidewalks and crossing guards.
Other advice for walkers include:
• Use designated crosswalks and look both ways while crossing the street.
• Walk with friends and don’t talk to strangers.
Sgt. Vincent said it’s up to parents to decide when their child is ready to walk to school.
“The parent would know better than I would whether their child is mature enough to walk to school,” Vincent said.
Bedford police recognize that many students drive to school. They said young drivers need to make sure they are buckled in and adhere to lower speed limits in school zones. They should also avoid distractions such as cell phones, iPods and fellow students riding with them.
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