Back to school time means drivers need to be aware

WEST JORDAN (ABC 4 UTAH) - At Good 4 Utah, we know you have your children ready for school.  Bookbags are in order and filled with all the school supplies.  Lunches have been planned out and children are dressed to impress.

Most schools don't start until later on this week but a few districts started Monday. Here is a list of when school districts start. First up for back to school is Carbon, Kane and North Sanpete school districts.

Safety is the number one concern for officials as school gets back in session. 

"We will get people running right through school zones thinking the lights may have been turned on by mistake. Most people don't believe that school is in session,"said Master Officer Sam Winkler with the South Jordan Police Department.

Here are some tips you should know as school starts again: If you see flashing yellow lights on school signs, slow down. Even though most schools in the state start Tuesday, children may be in the area and getting use to their routes to the bus stop or to school.

"Children... they're innocent. They are young. They haven't experienced much besides going to school and their family. We want to make sure they get to adulthood and get to see the joys that we have," said the Master Officer.
In most school districts, children will be out and about from 8 AM to 4 PM or shortly after.

If you want your children to meet some new friends and walk with a few buddies, the Utah Department of Transportation has created a neighborhood walking app available on iPhone and Android phones.

"The walking school bus is kind of like a car pool but without a car. It's basically just a group of kids accompanied by an adult walking to and from school," said Cherissa Wood from UDOT.  
"It has a feature that does give me peace of mind which is when the kids get to school you can alert the other parents and let them know that they are safe," said parent Darci Hall. 
It will also cut down on carbon emissions while getting the children some exercise. 

"I love that these kids are getting exercise and get their wiggles out before getting to school. I just think it's great thing," said Hall. 

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