As we move closer to the end of the summer, we all need to start thinking about the safety of our children traveling to and from school. The South Jordan Police Department would like to pass along some safety tips that will help keep your children safe throughout the school year. Please review these safety tips with your children.
The Jordan School District, in conjunction with the City of South Jordan, establishes Safe Walking Routes for many of the schools within our City. These are the safest routes for children to walk to school. Most routes will have crossing guards at certain points along the way. Check with your respective school administration or the individual school website for their established Safe Walking Route.
Walking to school
It is a good idea to initially walk with your child several times to make sure they know their way to school. Tell your child to walk on the sidewalk, if available. If a sidewalk is not available and your child needs to walk on the street, it is safer to walk facing oncoming traffic. When crossing a street, use crosswalks if available and tell your child to always look both ways, twice, before crossing. If a vehicle is approaching, tell your child to make eye contact with the driver so they are sure the driver has seen them. Also, tell your children to pay attention to their surroundings and avoid distractions while walking.
Riding a bike, scooter, or skateboard to school
Tell your children to ride on the side of the road with the flow of traffic. When your child needs to cross a street, tell them to come to a complete stop and walk their bike, scooter, or skateboard across the street. Make sure your child is wearing a proper helmet. Please tell your child to remain alert and avoid distractions while riding.
Taking the bus to school
Go with your child to the bus stop the first few times to make sure they know where to stand and how to get on and off the bus safely. Tell your child to stay at least six feet from the curb while waiting for the bus to arrive. Tell your child to wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before approaching the bus.
Driving to school
Good driving habits for new drivers are usually established by their parents. Be that good example and drive the way you would want your teen to drive. Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teenagers, and this is mainly because of inexperience. It is always a good idea to drive with your teen even after they have obtained their driver’s license. Have your new driver take the 4S pledge (Slow down, Stop, Seatbelt, Stay off your phone) to create a safer South Jordan at