Driver Safety Tips

 

  • Fairmeadow is a neighborhood school.  Many of our students walk or ride bikes to school, so drivers must watch for them.
  • Observe the 25mph speed limit in school zones at all times.  When a car going 20mph hits a pedestrian, the chance of death is 5 percent.  At 30mph the likelihood rises to 45 percent and at 40mph, the chance is 80 percent.  Speed matters.
  • Observe our on-campus speed limit, 5mph.
  • Be alert for young children.  Young children cannot judge the speed or distance of vehicles moving toward them, and they think cars can stop instantly. 
  • Avoid making U-turns and other unsafe maneuvers on E.  Meadow or any other school corridor.
  • Be aware of school commute routes.  Watch for sudden movements of bicyclists and pedestrians on the roadway from sidewalks.
  • Obey “No Right Turn on Red” signs where posted at school intersections.  This allows children to cross safely without cars turning through the crosswalk.  Where adult crossing guards are posted, obey their instructions. 
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.  Don’t double park in bike lanes, and don’t block red curbs.  Set a good example.
  • Always use child safety seats and safety belts correctly every time you and your children ride.  Everyone should remain buckled up until car has been turned off.  The NHTSA recommends that all children 12 and under are seated in the back seat of the car. In addition, children who have outgrown a convertible seat should graduate to a booster seat until they are eight years old or 4’ 9” tall, according to California law (effective Jaunary 2012.) The NHTSA recommends that you Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snug across the shoulder and chest and not cross the neck or face.
  • Try to carpool whenever possible to help reduce congestion around our school.
  • DON’T RUSH.  Leave home a few minutes earlier instead.  Those few minutes will help to keep us all safer.