Safety First! Back to School Time Means a Safety Course for Kids and Drivers

Beginning this week tens of thousands of students across St. Louis are heading back to school. Waste Management wants to urge drivers to use extra caution and slow down in the early morning and late afternoon hours when students are present.
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Aug. 18, 2011 - PRLog -- ST. LOUIS, MO — August 17, 2011 — From Kindergarten to College: beginning this week tens of thousands of students across the St. Louis area are heading back to school.  That means there will be an increased number of kids on foot, bikes, school buses and in cars.  Waste Management wants to urge drivers, particularly in residential areas, to use extra caution and slow down in the early morning and late afternoon hours when students are present.  

“Back to school is an exciting time for many students, and it’s also a time to demonstrate extra safety,” said Carrie Spencer, Waste Management Spokesperson. “Now is the time for parents to make sure their kids are safe in and around traffic.  At Waste Management, we put safety first.”

While school buses have yellow flashing lights alerting drivers when to prepare to stop and red lights showing students are getting on or off the bus, Waste Management has a number of other safety tips to keep your family, friends and colleagues safer this school season.

Bus Stops
•   No matter where the bus stop is, wait a safe distance away from the street on a sidewalk or yard.
•   Be aware of traffic and do not play in the street while waiting for school.
•   Buses and trucks are equipped with back-up alarms.  If you hear the sound, move out of the way.
Bike Riders
•   Always wear your helmet and obey traffic signals and crossing guards.
•   Never cut in front of cars and trucks on your bike, no matter how far in front.  Waste Management trucks and other service vehicles can take twice as long to stop as cars.
•   Wear reflective materials to make sure drivers can see you.
Drivers
•   Drivers should obey posted school zone speed limits and flashing lights around schools.
•   Check your mirrors one extra time, children moving quickly can be difficult to see.
•   Use extra caution around schools and be prepared to stop, if necessary.

Waste Management is proud to be a part of the St. Louis community.  Many of our trucks, particularly those that operate in residential areas, have backup cameras for safety.  All of our trucks are equipped with emergency communication devices that link to our dispatch centers.  In an emergency, we can help.  Drivers and pedestrians experiencing an emergency should wave their arms for the drivers to see, while maintaining a safe distance from the truck.

With the help of our communities, all of us can help protect the environment and improve the quality of life on the planet we share.  For more information on Waste Management’s safety practices and local services, please visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.

ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT
Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.
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