School Pick-Up & Drop-Off Zones Can Be Hazardous

School Pick-Up & Drop-Off Zones Can Be Hazardous


  • As a new school year takes off, Indianapolis community members are raising heavy concerns over student safety as they observe the poor choices motor vehicle drivers are already making while traveling through school zones.
  • Meridian Kessler neighborhood residents have already witnessed drivers who haphazardly use their cell phones while driving, are speeding, or making turns in front of pedestrians and bicyclists, and while school buses are unloading young children.
  • All drivers should be acquainted with school zones and be especially cautious around pedestrian crosswalks and bike paths.
  • Parents need to make sure they are driving attentively, slowing down, and following the school’s drop-off and pick-up rules.

 Back to School Reminders for Safe Drop-offs and Pick-ups

With a new school year in full swing, it’s sad to hear that residents of the midtown Indianapolis Meridian Kessler neighborhood already raising concerns with a watchful eye to keep students safe from bad drivers. Several of these individuals recently spoke with local news outlets about the preventable hassle they witness drivers in when dropping-off or picking-up school age children. One resident who lives across the street from a school told WRTV6, “I watch parents drop off their kids, and there is a backup of traffic. Parents cross in the middle of the street, they cross between buses, they cross between stopped traffic, they’re speeding through here quite regularly.”

Respect School Drop-Off and Pick-Up Zone Rules

It remains no doubt that drop-off and pick-up times are the busiest for heavy traffic in school zones, more so for those in congested city communities. These times are also common for drivers to feel rushed, distracted and in a hurry, and lead to unsafe school zones and an increased risk for car, pedestrian, or bike related accidents. Parents and those responsible for student transportation should do their research and speak with school officials about the district’s policy on safe drop-off and pick-up zones. If there is not a written policy in place, parents and student safety advocates should start work with the school Principal to develop one.

Hoosiers Can Follow Indiana Safe Routes to School Program Tips

The Indiana Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program is based on the federal program designed to make walking and bicycling to school safe and routine. SRTS reminds drivers to always:

  • Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits, both in school zones and in neighborhoods surrounding the school.
  • Comply with local school drop-off and pick-up procedures for the safety of all children attending the school.
  • Avoid double parking or stopping on crosswalks to let children out of the car. Double parking will block visibility for other children and other motorists. Visibility is further reduced during the rain and fog seasons when condensation forms on car windows.
  • Avoid loading or unloading children at locations across the street from the school. This forces youngsters to unnecessarily cross busy streets—often mid-block rather than at a crosswalk.
  • Prepare to stop for a school bus when overhead yellow lights are flashing. Drive with caution when you see yellow hazard warning lights are flashing on a moving or stopped bus.
  • Stop for a school bus with its red overhead lights flashing, regardless of the direction from which the driver is approaching. Drivers must not proceed until the school bus resumes motion and the red lights stop flashing, or until signaled by the school bus driver to proceed.
  • Watch for children walking or bicycling (both on the road and the sidewalk) in areas near a school.
  • Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops. Watch for children arriving late for the bus, who may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • Watch for children walking or biking to school when backing up (out of a driveway or leaving a garage).

Although most drivers were taught valuable skills that should carry throughout their driving life, not everyone continues to practice them, even the simplest ones in the most sensitive of locations such as school zones.

Seriously Injured in a School Zone Collision

We hope it’s not likely you or your child will be injured in a car or truck accident in a school zone, but if it does happen, you want the right people on your side. The school zone car accident attorneys at Wagner Reese have the experience you need to secure compensation and assist you or your child with recovering.

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