Department of Highways, District 11
Drive Smart Kentucky-School is Back in Session

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 08, 2005  
Contact Information:  Sandy Rudder
Public Information Officer
606) 598-2145

Manchester, KY – August 8, 2005 – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Drive Smart Program want to remind motorists to be alert now that students are heading back to school. 

“With the new school year approaching, I am urging drivers to take all precautions to ensure safety for ourselves, the community and for our children. I am committed to increasing awareness to enhance safety on our roads, Please Drive Smart,” said Acting Secretary Bill Nighbert.

In the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 11, which covers Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, Leslie and Whitley Counties, there are approximately 108 schools. Motorists need to be aware of the thousands of students, school buses and parents traveling during their commute to and from school.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet provides tips and reminders to drivers:

• Allow yourself enough time to get to school or to work.  Leave earlier to avoid the potential “to speed” getting to your destination on time.
• When entering a school zone, obey all of the signs.  Know that the flashing yellow lights are there to remind you that you need to reduce your speed.
• Pay extra attention at crosswalks.  Take an extra look to be sure that no students are crossing.
• Obey all signs, safety patrol and officers in your school zone.  They are there to make the drop-offs and pick-ups run smoother. 
• When you approach a school bus picking up a child, it is the law to stop.  When the flashing lights come on and the red stop sign extends that means STOP.  When you are on a four or five lane highway and you are approaching a bus that is coming to a stop to pick up a child, motorists that are in the same two lanes as the bus must stop.  If you are a vehicle in the opposing lanes, you may continue.  Motorists must take extra precautions at bus stops even after the bus completes its stop.  Some children might run out into the roadway.
• Make sure that your child is in their safety seat or restrained properly when you are taking them to school.

“The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Drive Smart Program wants to educate and remind drivers of their responsibilities behind the wheel to ensure that everyone gets home to their families and that we have a safe 2005-2006 school year on our roadways,” said Dan Barnett, Director of Driver Safety.

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