As the Labor Day weekend ends, school begins.
The Wisconsin DOT is urging motorists to raise their level of awareness as they commute to and from work, just as kids will be making their way to and from school.
"We just need to make sure everybody's careful, both the motorists, the pedestrians and the bicyclists. It's up to everybody, not just one or the other. "
Larry Corsi The Bureau of Transportation Safety's Pedestrian and Bike Safety Coordinator with the DOT, says it's important for motorists to keep an eye out for kids, and to follow the guidance of the crossing guards. They're out there for a reason.
"The law enforcement agency hires the crossing guard and they have control of all the intersections that they're working on."
Corsi says it's important to be mindful of your speed, small children on foot, and on bicycles. Also, Corsi says parents need to teach their kids to be responsible pedestrians and bicyclists.
When following a school bus; if it is stopped, you need to stop. State law shows that if its red lights are flashing, motorists must stop.