Safety Reminders for Back to School and Halloween! | #schoolsaftey

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With the start of the school year commencing just two weeks ago, you should have noticed your deputies patrolling the school zones and educating drivers as they traverse near our schools to make sure that our children have a safe journey to school. We will continue this operation throughout the school year to ensure a safe environment as our kids walk to and from school. Below are some driving tips should you find yourself driving in or near a posted school zone.

School Zone Driving Safety Tips
 Be on the lookout for school zone signals and ALWAYS obey the speed limits.
 When entering a school zone, be sure to slow down and obey all traffic laws.
 Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading children.
 Watch out for school crossing guards and obey their signals.
 Be aware of and watch out for children near schools, bus stops, sidewalks, in the streets,
in school parking lots, etc.
 Never pass other vehicles while driving in a school zone.
 Never change lanes while driving in a school zone.
 Never make U-Turns while driving in a school zone.
 Never text while driving in a school zone.
 Avoid using a cell phone, unless it is completely hands-free, while driving in a school
 Unless licensed to do so, never use handicap or emergency vehicle lanes or spaces to
drop off or pick up children at school.

October marks the start of Halloween celebrations. For most of us, it is all about having fun, but also staying safe. Halloween is celebrated in dozens of ways, from carving jack-o’-lanterns, hanging spooky decorations to watching scary movies and braving haunted houses to making seasonal treats and crafting the perfect costume. When it comes to children, the highlight of Halloween is trick-or-treating, going door-to-door in costume, and filling their baskets and bags with candy and treats. As you and your children celebrate the day, remember the following safety tips:

Staying Safe on Halloween
 Wear light or reflective colors (you can also use reflective tape or stickers on costumes
and bags) and carry glow sticks or flashlights so drivers can more easily see you.
 Test your costume and make sure it fits, not too long to cause trips and falls.
 If you are driving, make sure your headlights are on so you can spot kids, drive slowly, and
stay alert.
 If you are wearing masks, make sure they fit properly and do not restrict your eyesight.
 Never let your children go inside a home to accept candy and keep all little ones
supervised at all times (never let minors go out trick o’ treating solo).
 Inspect all candy before eating. Check the contents of their bags and buckets for choking
hazards and make sure that all candy is properly sealed (throw away anything that’s been
opened or is not packaged). It is best to wait until you get home to indulge, so you have
better light to properly inspect each item.

Lastly, BSO and the City of West Park will be hosting our annual Shred-a-Thon and Operation Medicine Cabinet on Saturday, September 30, 2023, from 10 am – 1 pm. Bring your sensitive and personal documents and watch them get shredded on site. We will also accept and dispose of your old or expired medication and give you a five-dollar gift card while supplies last. On behalf of the men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, West Park District, we wish all of you a happy and spooky Halloween and a safe fall season

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