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Post Date:08/19/2019 6:31 PM
Children return to school for the 2019-20 academic year over the next few weeks. Drivers are reminded that state law bans the use of cell phones in school zones 24/7 and texting while driving is prohibited at all times on all Illinois roadways. In addition, motorists are reminded to yield to pedestrians at both controlled (those designed with pavement markings and traffic signs & lights) and uncontrolled intersections. The Illinois 'Crosswalk Law'  requires motorists to stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing a roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon that half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger. 
Parents are encouraged to remind their children about how to safely board and exit a school bus and parents should observe the posted anti-idling requirements adjacent to or on school property. You may also find more school safety tips online . 
The Village's many  bike paths  provide useful routes for students to bike to school or activities. However, bicycling requires extra  responsibility  from bicyclists and drivers alike. Besides always wearing your helmet and other safety equipment; bicyclists should follow the  rules of the road  such as looking both ways at intersections and biking with traffic. Bicycles have the same rights and responsibilities on the road as cars. Drivers should try to give 3 ft of room when passing bikes and should be on the watch for bicyclists who are entering or exiting bike paths. For more Sharing the Road tips, watch this  bicycle safety video .
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