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September Safety Series - Back-to-school: Sharing the road with child pedestrians

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 ped xing signOur back-to-school September Safety Series is a three-part series focusing on safety around school zones and neighborhood areas where children are present. Here are a few things to keep in mind when traveling in areas where children are present and encountering buses, bikes and child pedestrians.

Part III: Sharing the road with child pedestrians

Generally speaking, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections. Children are often distracted, unpredictable, difficult to see,and are more likely to take risks, ignore hazards and fail to look both ways when crossing the street. Take extra precautions in school zones and neighborhoods where children are.

  • Do not block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or a stop sign. By doing so, pedestrians are forced to walk around your vehicle which puts them in danger.
  • Exercise caution when in a school zone. Stop or yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing the road within a crosswalk or intersection.
  • Follow directions given by a crossing guard,school patrol officer, or special signs. Be sure to stop when directed to.
  • Even if you have the legal right-of-way, don’t honk your horn, rush, or scare a pedestrian in front of your car.

Read more about our September Safety Series

September Safety Series - Back-to-school: Sharing the road with bicyclists

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ped xing signOur back-to-school September Safety Series is a three-part series focusing on safety around school zones and neighborhood areas where children are present. Here are a few things to keep in mind when traveling in areas where children are present and encountering buses, bikes and child pedestrians.

Part II: Sharing the road with bicyclists

Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities on most roadways as drivers do. Children riding bikes are inexperienced, don’t use proper judgment, and don’t often know the rules of the road. Exercise caution when sharing the road with young bicyclists.

  • When passing a bicyclist traveling in the same direction as you, slow down, and move over if you can do so safely.
  • Allow the bicyclist to enter and exit intersections first before making a right or left turn into their path.
  • Watch for bicyclists turning in front of you. Children don’t often use hand signals or look behind them when turning.
  • Check your blind spots when turning, opening your car door, or backing out of driveways. Bicyclists are difficult to see behind cars or other obstructions.

Information from the National Safety Council.

Read more about our September Safety Series

>>  Part I:  Sharing the road with buses
>>  Part II:  Sharing the road with bicyclists
>>  Part III:  Sharing the road with child pedestrians

September Safety Series - Back-to-school: Sharing the road with school buses, bicyclists, and child pedestrians

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ped xing signFall is a great time to remind motorists about sharing the road safely with school buses, bicyclists and child pedestrians. Our back-to-school September Safety Series is a three-part series focusing on safety around school zones and neighborhood areas where children are present. Here are a few things to keep in mind when traveling in areas where children are present and encountering buses, bikes and child pedestrians.

Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when sharing the road with a school bus:

  • It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. All buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists they are about to load or unload children. Red lights and an extended stop sign arm signals that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off.
  • Traffic in both directions of an undivided road must stop when children are entering or exiting the bus.
  • Traffic traveling behind the bus (in the same direction) must stop.
  • Do not pass a school bus on the right while it is stopped. Doing so is illegal and could have tragic consequences.
  • Keep your distance. Children are most likely to be hit or injured in the area 10 feet around a school bus.

Next up: Sharing the road with bicyclists...

Information from the National Safety Council

Focus on your financial planning goals this fall

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Brenda EcheverriaAs you're filling up your busy fall calendar, why not do yourself a favor and fit in an appointment for one of our financial planning services? Our services are designed to address your changing needs at various points of your career. We understand the unique retirement benefits available to Wisconsin public school employees, help you identify and prioritize your financial goals, and determine whether you're on track to meet those goals.

We're also excited to offer some new opportunities:

  1. Additional time: If you need additional time beyond our one-hour consultation service, you can now purchase it by the hour.
  2. Additional locations: To make it more convenient for you, services have been expanded on a once-per-month basis to:
    • Green Bay (1136 N. Military Avenue)
    • Brookfield (13805 W. Burleigh Road)
    • Eau Claire (2004 Highland Avenue)  

Ongoing appointments are still available in our Madison office at 660 John Nolen Drive.

Here is an overview of your options:

  • One-Hour Consultation: For those just starting out or those new to investing, we can help you evaluate your retirement savings options and determine your goals.
  • Portfolio Analysis: This provides a comprehensive analysis of your current investment portfolio and gives you recommendations.
  • Retirement Income Projection: If you are 11+ years from retirement and wondering if you’re on track, we can help you discover adjustments you may need to make.
  • Retirement Income Analysis: If you are within ten years of retirement, this service will help you evaluate your current financial position and determine your readiness for retirement.

Would you like more information? View our short financial planning video.

Contact me for questions or to make an appointment at 1-800-279-4030 or weafa@weabenefits.com.

Brenda Echeverria, Financial Planner

All investment advisory services are offered through WEA Financial Advisors, Inc.