SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Public Schools will soon be in session and, on the eve of Labor Day weekend -- the summer break's last hurrah -- the Summit Police Department is urging drivers to exercise caution and parents to discuss some simple safety tips with children before classes begin September 3.

“Pedestrian safety is always a priority for Summit Police but particularly important at back to school time when students are excited about walking to and from school or may be distracted by seeing friends and meeting new teachers,” said Summit Police Lt. David Richel. “We encourage drivers to leave plenty of time for travel and pay close attention to safely sharing the road when driving.”

For the safety of all, the Summit Police Department issued the following pedestrian safety tips:

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  • Look all ways before crossing a street.

  • Cross streets only at corners and use crosswalks when available.

  • 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.

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