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Why back to school can be dangerous for Texas roads

Has your child started school yet this year? Particularly if you have young children whose schools you have visited during drop-off and pick-up time, you know why back-to-school presents traffic safety dangers. The parking lot areas at schools can quickly become a circus, which is why the school zone traffic laws are so important. 

While it is so tragic to think about, the National Safety Council warns that most kids who die in fatal bus-related accidents are between the young ages of 4 and 7. Most of the fatal incidents involved the child when he or she was walking. Rules regarding driving around buses exist to prevent the deaths of the very people in our society, children, whom we should all worry about protecting most.

Because saving kids' lives is a community's priority, here are some invaluable reminders about the traffic laws and safety tips related to school buses. 

-Drivers must stop behind buses that have their lights flashing and stop arm out. These signals mean that children are crossing or walking nearby. Violating this rule leads to the preventable injuries and deaths of children.

-Keep more distance between you and a school bus. If you are driving behind the bus, that distance will better allow you to stop should the bus stop to pick up or drop off kids. Also, the 10 feet around a bus is reportedly the dangerous zone for kids. So distance between other vehicles and a bus reduces that danger for kids.

Overall, patience, knowledge and one's utmost alertness are what will make the school year, bus rides and school zones safer for kids and the rest of the community. When someone violates the traffic laws around a bus or school and causes harm, a personal injury lawyer could help to hold them accountable for their negligent actions. 

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