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Back-to-school means back to being mindful of school bus traffic

Date: 08.19.2011
Contact: Erica Rosenthal Phone: (330) 375-3052


Contact: Erica Rosenthal, Phone: (330) 375-3052, Email: rosenthale@summahealth.org

AKRON, Ohio, August 19, 2011 – As the summer winds down, kids and their families are stocking up on school supplies and shopping for school clothes. With the excitement of school looming, drivers must also be aware of school bus safety.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to keep children safe, drivers should be mindful of these school bus and road safety tips:

  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school during prime hours, especially if there are no sidewalks. Also, be alert for children walking in the street or playing near bus stops.
  • When driving through neighborhoods with school zones, obey the speed limit —particularly before and after school hours.
  • Learn and obey the school bus laws and the "flashing signal light system.” Yellow flashing lights indicate that drivers should slow down and be prepared to stop. Red flashing lights or stop signs indicates that drivers must stop until the bus picks up or drops off children and begins moving.

According to Sandy Cox, nurse manager for Summa Health System’s Emergency Department, “With the school year starting, we encourage drivers to be safe and alert of their surroundings, especially in school zones. The last thing we want is to see people in our emergency room as a result of these accidents.”

There have been 20 traffic-related fatalities in Summit County this year.  From January through August 2010, there were 15 traffic-related fatalities.

For more information, visit: http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/buses/kidsschoolbus_en.html

About Summa Health System
Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit www.summahealth.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/summahealth and Twitter at www.twitter.com/summahealth.
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