BOISE, Idaho — Students in the Boise School District will have some special guests during their morning bus ride. Boise Police, command staff members and school resource officers will join students along for the ride to school.
They will spend time talking face-to-face with kids about crosswalk safety, tips for staying home alone and the importance of the buddy system.
Additional safety reminders for students include:
• Map out a safe way to walk to school or to the bus stop. If possible, avoid crossing busy roads, vacant lots, construction areas, and parks where there aren’t many people. Also, discuss safe places to go in case of an emergency along the route.
• Follow traffic signals and rules when walking or biking.
• Do not talk to strangers or people you “sort of know” and do not go anywhere with them without your parents’ permission.
• Memorize your phone number and address. Write down other important phone numbers such as your parent’s work and cell phone on a card to carry with you.
• Use the buddy system and walk/bike to school with friends.
• Avoid wearing clothing with your name on it while walking to and from school.
• If home alone before or after school, don’t open the door if someone rings the doorbell or knocks on the door or windows. Don’t tell strangers or people you “sort of know” you’re by yourself before or after school.
• If you are allowed to have a cell phone, make sure it has a full charge when going to school. Make sure you save enough battery to get home.
Police also want to remind drivers of the bus stop arm law and school zone speed limits.
Stop Arm Law
Drivers are warned to pay special attention to the laws around passing a school bus that is stopped with its stop arm extended as the fines have increased. For a first offense the fine is now $200 as decided by the Idaho State Legislature.
- When a school bus is stopped with its stop arm extended on a two or three lane road, all traffic in BOTH DIRECTIONS must stop.
- When a school bus is stopped with its stop arm extended or a road with four or more lanes only traffic FOLLOWING the bus must stop.
School Zone Speed Limit
The speed limit in school zones is 20 mph. School zones in Boise City are marked with flashing yellow lights when the slower speed limit is in effect. The fine for speeding in a Boise City School Zone is $156.50.
Please be on the lookout for children crossing the street in both marked and unmarked crosswalks. Failing to yield to a pedestrian before crossing a crosswalk carries a $75 fine.