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School Zone Road Signs Keep Kids Safe


What is the issue? In America, there are over 81.5 million kindergarten through 12th grade students. With every season and semester, school districts and cities strive to create safe routes for their kids as they travel to and from school each day. Traffic around schools can be especially heavy, and all too often drivers fail to notice a lower speed limit in effect.

An alarming statistic has emerged from the National Highway Safety Administration: traffic accidents involving pedestrians occur most frequently between 6 and 9 am as well as 3 and 6 pm. These are the hours when students are traveling to and from school, so it is doubly important to ensure that students can safely arrive and depart each day.

What is the solution? While educating children about roadway safety sounds like a great idea, these programs are “unable to exert meaningful changes in the behavior of children,” according to the American Journal of Public Health.

One measure that has withstood the test of time is prominently displaying school zone road signs in high-risk areas. School zones must have traffic signs that meet Department of Transportation (DOT) standards. To meet federal and state specifications, signs must be of a specific color and reflective grade to alert drivers to the presence of children and the elevated precautions they must take.

School zone signs alone, however, are not enough. It is important to have additional signs to alert drivers of other changes, such as decreases in speed limits and upcoming crosswalks.

Why choose Zumar Industries? Zumar has been a trusted leader in signs since 1947, and is dedicated to keeping kids safe. The school zone signs available from Zumar are sure to stand out on any street and meet all federal requirements. The selection of school safety signs are a must for keeping school zones compliant with regulations and keeping crosswalks incident free. To increase the overall target value of important signs, consider using Vis-Z-Shield®.