SUMMIT, NJ - Summit students head back to school on September 4, and the City of Summit Police Department is urging drivers to exercise caution -- and parents to discuss some simple safety tips with children -- prior to the onset of the new school year.  

“Pedestrian safety is always a priority for Summit Police but is particularly important during the back to school period when many students are excited about walking to and from school or may be distracted by seeing friends and meeting new teachers,” explains Summit Police Lieutenant David Richel.   “Across the United States, thousands of children are severely, and often fatally, injured in collisions with motor vehicles. Drivers are encouraged to leave plenty of time for travel and pay close attention to the road when driving.”

To help protect Summit’s youngest pedestrians, the Summit Police Department is asking families to educate students with the following pedestrian safety tips to ensure a happy and safe school year:

  • Look all ways before crossing street.
  • Cross only at corners and use crosswalks.
  • Obey police officers, school crossing guards and traffic signals.
  • Watch for turning cars and distracted drivers.
  • Be particularly alert in bad weather.
  • Do not run or play near motor vehicle traffic.
  • Walk in groups to and from school.
  • If you notice something dangerous, report it to an adult.

During the start of the new school year, Police Officers will be present and visible at all Summit schools to help ensure pedestrian safety and enforce parking and speeding issues.