Back to school safety tips - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Back to school safety tips

Lafayette, LA (KPLC) - In light of Lafayette Parish public school students returning to class on August 12, Lafayette Police have issued the following safety tips. The tips are part of their annual "Give Kids a Brake" campaign.

Lafayette Police also noted that they will step up enforcement of speed limits in all school zones for the first two weeks of school. Motorists should allow extra time to arrive at their destination during peak school traffic times and should be on the lookout for pedestrian traffic.

Here are the tips offered by Lafayette Police to parents of school children:

Wait for school buses to come to a complete stop before approaching them from street curbs.

Use crossing guards where they are available, and always check traffic before crossing an intersection.

Children who ride bicycles to school must wear an approved helmet and follow traffic laws.

If your child will be walking to school, walk the route with them several days in advance and point out dangers, such as traffic or crossing points.

If a child will be left alone at home during any point of the day, discuss in detail what they should do in case of an emergency. There is no set age for a child to be left alone at home, but depending on the maturity of the child, recommended age is 13 or above.

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