Local police provide safety reminders for all students

LEWISTOWN – The Lewistown Police Department is reminding all residents that school starts Thursday in the Mifflin and Juniata county school districts, which means students will be traveling to school in buses and on foot.

The department offers these safety tips for parents, students and drivers:

Students walking to school should use a “buddy system.”

Parents and students should pre-plan a route to school and stick to it.

Students should use cross walks when possible and to look both ways for traffic.

Students riding buses should at the bus stop at least five minutes early.

Students should stand at least six feet away from the curb.

Students are reminded to wait until the bus completely stops before boarding.

Students should cross at least 10 feet in front of buses so they can be seen by the driver.

Students should never walk behind a bus where they cannot be seen.

Drivers should pay attention and look for children before they back out of their driveway.

It is important for drivers to watch out for school buses and stop if the red lights on the bus are activated.

The Lewistown Police Department will have extra officers in neighborhoods and on roadways to ensure the safety of students.