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Be Careful: It's Back to School Time

Can you believe it’s back to school time already? Where did the summer vacation go? Even if you don’t have kids in school, and are not in school yourself, it can affect you.

More children will be on the roads and sidewalks in the morning and afternoons, walking back and forth to school. Drivers need to keep an eye out for designated crosswalks and crossing guards. Remember that children may cross in non-designated areas as well. Be aware of signs for school zones too. They will often indicate a lower than normal speed limit. Speeding in a school zone can result in a very expensive ticket.

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School buses will also be on the roadways, stopping to pick up children along their route. No one likes being stuck behind a slow moving school bus, especially if you are late for work, an appointment, etc. You should never, ever pass a stopped school bus that has its flashers on, but unfortunately some drivers do.

It’s against the law: You’ll get a ticket.

It will cost you money: Passing a stopped school bus can result in a large fine. While amounts can vary from state to state, they are usually pretty hefty.

It will cost you even more money: You could see your automobile insurance rates go up.

It’s dangerous! Children crossing in front of the bus may be obscured from oncoming drivers. In a hurry to pass a stopped school bus, a driver is not only breaking the law. They could hit a child! When the bus stops, the stop arm comes out, and the flashers come on, stop, be patient, and be safe.

If you drive, keep an extra eye out for children, school zones, and stopped buses when school is in session. It can save a lot more than money. From all of us at CashCrate, have a safe back to school.

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