With the new school year, our community will see more traffic, school buses, bike riders and pedestrians commuting near schools. Eliminate distractions, such as phones, while traveling, especially in school zones. Follow posted speed limits, which are reduced in school zones, and obey traffic laws and directions. Pedestrians should always cross at crosswalks, where drivers expect pedestrians to cross. Wait for the Crossing Guard or signal to indicate it’s safe to cross. Passing a stopped school bus can result in tragedy, so it’s imperative for drivers to obey a bus’s lights and signals. Staying alert is something everyone can do to keep our communities and students safe.