Back to School: UDOT Reminds Drivers to Stay Alert and Slow Down in School Zones
Drop off and pick up most dangerous time for Utah students
SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 22, 2018) — The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is reminding drivers, passengers, bikers and pedestrians to be alert and aware of all school zones now that most Utah schools are back in session.
“School zones are not a place for speeding or distractions,” said Robert Miles, UDOT director of traffic and safety. “It’s up to all of us to improve our traffic behaviors in order to ensure our children are safe in school zones.”
Data from UDOT’s Traffic & Safety Division shows that between 2013-2017, the hours of 7 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. (going to/from school) were the most dangerous times of day for school-aged pedestrians and cyclists.
While driving in a school zone, along school pedestrian paths or near school buses, Utah drivers and passengers need to be aware of the following:
- Slow down in all school zones and drop off areas.
- Remove all distractions in the vehicle – no eating, texting, putting on makeup, shaving, etc.
- Both sides of traffic must stop when red school bus lights flashing.
- Pay extra attention to crosswalks, yield to pedestrians and obey crossing guards.
- Never pass, change lanes, or make U-turns in a school zone.
- Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put pedestrians in the path of moving traffic.