Along with fall’s changing leaves and the changing clocks come the shorter days and earlier sunsets. With dusk beginning as early as 5 p.m. in many areas of the country, drivers need to be extra vigilant for children and pedestrians. In 2016, 26 percent of pedestrian deaths occurred between 6 p.m. and 8:59 p.m., and 4 percent of those deaths were children.

Over the past few months, we’ve seen too many tragedies at bus stops and along the roadside. These tragedies have left parents without their children, and have drastically changed families and communities across the country.

Focus Cycling is deeply concerned and involved in motorist awareness and training. As such, we have prepared an in-depth program to be coupled with our Pedestrian and Cyclist education, designed to advance Miami-Dade County's efforts towards "sharing the road."

Focus Cycling is urging everyone to drive safely, and remember to stay vigilant for pedestrians and children, especially at bus stops, in school zones, and when visibility is reduced. When you’re behind the wheel, you have one job: Driving.

TIPS FOR MOTORISTS 

  • Be alert and slow down when driving in neighborhoods with school zones, and watch for children walking, playing or assembling near bus stops.

  • Follow the school bus laws in your State, as well as the flashing light signal systems used on school buses. 

    • Flashing yellow lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.

    • Flashing red lights and extended stop arms indicate the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again.

  • Drive sober. In 2016 alone, there were 10,497 deaths from alcohol-related vehicle crashes.

  • Pay attention—a distracted driver is a deadly driver. Sending or receiving a text can take your eyes off the road for 5 seconds, and at 55 mph, you’ve traveled the length of a football field blind.

  • Obey speed limits. We understand the frustrations and the busy schedules of modern life, but speed limits are put in place to protect all road users.

  • Above all...SEE THE CYCLISTS. They are vehicles and protected by law. It is up to you, the motorist, to make sure you protect other human beings from the devastating effects of distracted driving. 

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