Back to School Safety Tips from the Folsom Police Department

As the school bells ring next week and students head back to class, it is important to remember that it is everyone’s responsibility to help make sure that they get there safely. Here are back-to-school safety tips from the Folsom Police Department.

Use Caution on the Roads

Drive slowly and always be aware of your surroundings, especially around the time that children are walking along streets and sidewalks to and from school.

Watch out for school zones and drive the posted speed limits. Typically these areas are marked with flashing signs and other signals to identify the area and the reduced speed limits.

Be alert making right-hand turns.

Be especially careful in school or childcare parking areas.

Don’t drive distracted.

Remind Children to Be Safe While Walking or Riding Their Bikes

Look up! Avoid reading or using a phone while walking.

Always use marked crosswalks when crossing the street and always look both ways twice. Don’t just assume drivers see you.

Watch for driveways when walking on the sidewalk and be aware of vehicles that are turning or backing up.

Always wear a helmet when riding a bike, scooter or skateboard.

Walk bikes across busy intersections.

Always stay on sidewalks or paths. When walking, if no sidewalk is available, walk facing traffic and stay as far to the left as possible. When riding a bike, scooter or skateboard, ride in the same direction as traffic, in a bike lane if possible, and stay to the right.