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Posted 8/10/2012   Updated 8/8/2012 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Logan McKeown
366th Fighter Wing Safety Office

8/10/2012 - MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- With the new school year beginning this month we need to focus on back-to-school safety for both parents and drivers. Below are some tips for both groups to consider:

Teach your children to obey all traffic signals, whether walking, biking or riding the school bus.
Walk the route with your child beforehand. Make sure to choose the route with the fewest street crossings at the crossing guard signs with the yellow blinking light, as often as possible.
If your child rides a bike or skateboards to school, make sure they have a helmet and necessary protective equipment.

Right now peak travel to and from base is after the sun comes up. The sunrise time will be 7:07 a.m. at the end of August and 7:40 a.m. at the end of September. With the low visibility, make sure to be especially alert around residential neighborhoods and school zones.
The speed limit in base housing is 15 miles per-hour and 5 miles per hour in the base school parking lot.
Drivers must obey the speed limits and follow the safety personnel who marshal traffic.
Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school lets out.
Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Put down your phone and don't talk or text while driving.
There are three bus stops on air base road.

For more safety information, contact the safety office at 828-1801.

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