Back to School Safety

The Seattle Department of Transportation is starting the school year off with school traffic safety education campaigns for students and drivers. Last year, a similar campaign held at Dearborn Park Elementary was a success with students looking forward to the morning activity and parents coming together to build a stronger community.

This year, dozens of schools will benefit from street improvements and safety education programs to help students safely get to and from school. The SDOT has worked in all school zones to make safety improvements, including new flashing beacons, re-marked crosswalks, crosswalk sign improvements, speed bumps, curb ramps, and new sidewalks.

Mini grants of up to $1,000 will also be available for 20 school and community-based campaigns to encourage students to walk and bike to school safely. Some schools will be working with community partners to encourage walk and bike to school education and encouragement campaigns throughout the year.

The SDOT reminds drivers to obey the 20 mph speed limit in school zones, do not park in school load zones, stop for pedestrians in all crosswalks, stop for school buses when their red lights are flashing, and be patient during school arrival and dismissal times. When walking, walk on the sidewalk, wear bright clothing to increase visibility, cross only at marked crosswalks or intersections, and look both ways before you cross the street. For bikers, wear a helmet, use a white front light and a rear red reflector, use hand signals and look before turning, obey stop signs and traffic signals, always look both ways before crossing a street, and yield to pedestrians.