The Luxembourgish police force is mobilising officers to ensure the back to school period goes smoothly for all involved.
On Monday 16 September, primary and secondary pupils will return to school across the Grand Duchy. Their return will be accompanied by members of the police force, who confirmed their mobilisation from the start of the week.
In a statement released by the police, they explained their efforts would be concentrated on road safety, particularly ensuring the safety of children on their way to and from school. A number of officers will be present in the vicinity of school establishments and will be available to speak to parents and teachers.
The police will equally be carrying out repressive and preventative checks in the surrounding areas, targeting common offences such as the lack of seat-belts, the use of phones while driving, illegal parking or the use of unsuitable car seats, as well as speed checks.
For parents :
- Repeatedly practise the walk to school with your child/children and draw their attention to potential dangers. Choose the safest way, not the quickest way.
- Make your child aware of the dangers of the road.
- Display exemplary behaviour, as children imitate their parents.
- Respect the Highway Code, particularly : speed limits, parking prohibitions; always wear seat-belts, even for short journeys.
- Make sure your child always gets out of the car on to a pavement.
- When waiting for your child after school, don't wait on the opposite side of the road.
- Ensure your child wears bright, visible clothing, particularly: light coloured clothing, arm bands or vests; reflective strips on clothes and backpacks.
- When doing the school run by bike, make sure both you and your child wear helmets.
- If you are transporting your child in a bike trailer, make sure this is visible to vehicles. Some vehicles such as vans and lorries are too high to see a trailer.
For children :
- When walking, stay on the side of the pavement closest to buildings and gardens, rather than by the road.
- Older children should walk on the outside of the pavement to protect younger children.
- Always cross the road at zebra crossings or traffic lights. If there are none, make sure to look both ways twice to ensure the road is clear before crossing.
- Pay attention to vehicles on the pavement, particularly those leaving garages or driveways.
- Pay attention when parked cars interfere with the view. Stop at the edge of the pavement and double check for approaching vehicles before crossing.
For motorists :
- Young children may not be aware of the dangers of the road and could be nervous during the return to school.
- Pay attention and keep an eye out for children.
- Reduce speed when passing by schools and always use indicators.
- Pay particular attention to zebra crossings or bus stops near schools. Reduce speed when children are visible and be prepared to brake at any time.
- Children may not be capable of gauging speeds and may have difficulty to evaluate potential dangerous situations.
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