Presentation on theme: "Smith System 5 Keys. Smith System 5 Keys The Unexpected Risk Becomes Greater Below identifies the rise in risk! Pedestrians (Aim high) Key 1 Distracted."— Presentation transcript:
3The Unexpected Risk Becomes Greater Below identifies the rise in risk!Pedestrians (Aim high) Key 1Distracted teenage drivers (no talking/texting while driving) Key 2School zones (Get the big picture) Key 2School buses you should always maintain a safe following/stopping distance (space cushion) Key 4Young children darting between cars (keep eyes moving) Key 3
4School Zones Signs Posted - Speeds Reduced Be Aware (Keep Your Eyes Moving)New School ZonesNew Cross Guard LocationsReduced speed limits (some zones do not have flashing lights)Remember your distance/spacing while stopped at school zone Key 4Don’t forget your “right” mirror – prime time for a bicyclist or child appear beside your unit Key 2 & 3Currently States are reviewingthe current fines and penaltiesand are proposing substantialincreases in fines for violationswhich occur in school zones/bus
5Bicycles and ChildrenIn 2009, more than 23,000 children ages 5 to 15 wereinjured and 250 killed by vehicles when they were struck while walking or bicycling. Not using Keys 1, 2 & 3.This represents25% of all children’s traffic fatalities and 15% of all children’s traffic injuries.Children especially younger children are less likely to look before they walk or bike across a street. That makes it even more important to pay attention to your surroundings. Keys 1,2 &3.
6Slow Down for BusesKeeping safe distance between you and school buses are important. (Following distance)Always allow a little extra space between you and the school bus for sudden or abrupt stops (Cushion)Why should we never consider passing a school bus?You don’t know what side of the road children will be crossing to get on or off the bus. Key 3.
7Inclement WeatherWhen inclement weather appears traveling with extra caution becomes more important.Fog will be the hazardous weather condition to be prepared for this time of year.Dense fog in the early hours of the morning/late hours of the night adds to the challenges of operating commercial equipment on the roadways.Driving in fog is considered to be the most dangerous weather hazard because, it can become so thick that you have no line of vision. Key 3.A safe following distance is crucial in the fog, make sure that if you are in city limits that you are especially careful within school zones as children may not see or hear you coming. Key 1.
8Distracted DrivingWith school coming back into full swing you don’t only need to look out for pedestrians and school zones, you also need to keep an eye out for distracted drivers. Key 2, & 3.Drivers that are under the age of 20 are the largest group of distracted drivers.So it is important now that school will be back in session that you watch out for young distracted drivers.