OSCEOLA COUNTY\u00a0-\u00a0Summer days are waning away and the start of school is just around the corner. The\u00a0Osceola County Sheriff's Office encourages drivers to cut down distractions and\u00a0concentrate on the road as kids of all ages get back to school. Children often are eager to\u00a0get on and off the bus because they are excited to get to school and they are also excited\u00a0to get home and tell their parents about their day. Sheriff Crawford has some safety\u00a0measures for both students and motorists to help ensure safety for everyone. Tips for Students Always arrive at the bus stop early, Prior to boarding, wait until the bus has come to a complete stop, the door is opened\u00a0and the bus driver says that it is OK to board, Once on board, proceed quickly to your seat and stay sitting until the bus arrives at your\u00a0school or other drop off location, Do not move around on the bus, Always walk on the sidewalk when preparing to cross the street near a bus. Make eye\u00a0contact with the driver so that you are sure he or she sees you, Never walk behind the bus, If you are walking beside the bus, make sure you are at least 10 feet (10 "giant" steps)\u00a0away, Take extra precaution to make sure that clothing with drawstrings and book bags do not\u00a0get caught in the hand rail or door, and Never stop to pick something up that you have dropped while the bus is stopped. Wait until\u00a0the bus has driven off to avoid not being seen by the driver. Tips for Motorists Remember that children are unpredictable in their actions. Take extreme caution when\u00a0traveling in a school zone, If you live in an area where there are no sidewalks, drive cautiously. Be more alert to\u00a0the possibility of children walking in the road, Be more aware of children playing near school bus stops, Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs, Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully, Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your\u00a0surroundings, Put down your phone. Don't talk or text while driving, Slow down and prepare to stop whenever you see yellow school bus lights flashing, and Never pass a school bus when there are flashing red lights. This is a sign that children\u00a0are getting off the bus and it's the law. Traveling to and from school Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the\u00a0fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards, Walk the route with your child beforehand. Tell him or her to stay away from parks,\u00a0vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren't many people around, Teach your child never to talk to strangers, accept rides from strangers or accept gifts\u00a0from strangers. Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don't know well\u00a0or don't trust, Be sure your child walks to and from school or the bus stop with a sibling, friend or\u00a0neighbor, Teach your kids - whether walking, biking or riding the bus to school - to obey all traffic\u00a0signals, signs and traffic officers. Remind them to be extra careful in bad weather, When driving kids, deliver and pick them up as close to the school as possible. Don't\u00a0leave until they are in the schoolyard or building, If your child bikes to school make sure he wears a helmet that meets safety standards.\u00a0Research indicates that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent, If your child rides a scooter to school, make sure she wears sturdy shoes, a helmet,\u00a0knee pads and elbow pads. Children under 12 should not ride motorized scooters, Be sure your child knows his or her home (or parents' cellular) phone number(s) and\u00a0address. They should also know where you work, your work phone number, the phone\u00a0number of another trusted adult and how to call 9-1-1 for emergencies.