HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ --Summer has faded away, Labor Day weekend is passed which will gives way to the new school year. This week will see Hasbrouck Heights students return to school on Wednesday and Wood-Ridge students on Thursday.

With that in mind, here are some important safety tips to remember from Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino's office.  .

  • Drive with care
  • Slow down near bus stops and watch for children
  • Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm means the bus has stopped to load or unload children. On a two-way road or divided highway with no median, ALL drivers must stop in both directions.

Additionally, the National Safety Council remind parents and those who live near schools.to know your school’s drop zones and procedures. Locally, Lincoln School has new road closures and traffic patterns to aid in safety of children.

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A study from the National Center for Safe Routes to School showed that more students are walking to school, which means drivers need to be more vigilant behind the wheel. According to research by the National Safety Council, most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old, and they're walking. They are either hit by a bus, or by a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus.

For additional safety information for walkers, bikers, and parents, visit the National Safety Council