Local Police Offer Back to School Safety Tips


As students head back to school this month, the Grand Island Police Department is reminding area residents of safety tips. These tips are for students as well as motorists.

For students walking to school, the department offers the following tips:

  • Walk on the sidewalk, if one is available. In areas without a sidewalk, walk facing the traffic.
  • Before crossing the street, stop and look all ways to see if cars are coming. If you don't make eye contact with the driver, they might not be seeing you.
  • Never dart out in front of a parked car.
  • Parents, practice walking to school with your child.
If students are riding their bikes to school, the following should be kept in mind:
  • Your child should wear a helmet when riding their bicycle.
  • Teach your child the rules of the road. They need to know the correct way to ride their bicycle.
  • Ride on the right side of the road and single file.
  • Come to a complete stop before crossing the street.
  • License your bicycle at the police department and lock it up.
For students who ride the bus and motorists who encounter school buses during their drive, the tips below should be followed:
  • Learn the correct way to get on and off a bus.
  • Wait six feet away from the curb for the bus.
  • If you need to cross the street after exiting the bus, walk 12 feet in front of the bus. You should be able to see the bus driver; if you don't see the driver, then the driver might not be seeing you.
  • It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children; traffic must stop in both directions.
  • Yellow flashing lights are to alert motorists they are preparing to stop. Red flashing lights and extended stop arm signals lets the motorist know the bus is stopped for children to get on or off the bus.
  • Never pass a school bus on the right.