KDOT reminds parents of back-to-school safety tips

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Before sending your student off to the bus stop, the Kansas Department of Transportation has some safety tips you'll want to share.

It's important for children to put away their electronic devices when crossing the street and getting into or off the bus. KDOT says one in five high school students cross the street while distracted by technology.

They suggest to walk with your student to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Also, to keep them safe at the stop, tell them to stay back three giant steps from the curb.

Make sure your carpool is safe, meaning, each child has a car seat, booster seat or safety belt.

You should also report playground safety hazards to the school if you see any.

KDOT has safety suggestions for drivers too as school begins.

If you see a school bus, slow down to make sure it has enough room to stop.

It's illegal to pass a school bus stopped for loading or unloading students. In Kansas, the fine is $315, plus court costs.

They also want to remind drivers to always slow down in school zones.

For more information, you can visit www.safekids.org, or call (785) 296-1223.