Boise Police urge parents and drivers to remember "Back to School" safety tips

Posted at 12:07 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 14:07:46-04

School is back in session in the Boise School District starting Wednesday and Boise police officers want to remind drivers to be aware of children walking during the morning and afternoon commutes. 

Officers would also like to share a few other helpful tips for drivers, parents and students.

  • When commuting to work and school, leave 10 minutes early and expect additional traffic and delays.  Be aware of kids walking, biking, school buses, and school zones.
  • Parents are encouraged to walk/bike the route to school with their children during the first week of school.  Note and discuss hazards and safe places.
  • Children should walk/bike the same route to and from school every day.  Make sure your children know not to vary the route or go to other places without letting you know. 
  • If kids are coming home before parents, discuss home alone safety rules.  Have them check in with you so you know they are home.
  • Children walking or biking should cross the street at crosswalks and intersections.  They should not walk into the intersection until drivers see them.
  • Kids riding bikes should always wear helmets and ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Discuss what to do if your child is approached by a stranger on the way to school.  They should immediately report this activity to a parent or teacher.
  • If teens are driving themselves to school, talk to them about always using their seat belt and never texting and driving.

Officers say following these tips will lead to a happy and safe school year.