Although the back to school to-do list can get long, transportation and law enforcement officials encourage the citizens of Haywood County to consider making time for the “Back to School Safety Fair.”
The free event will be held Friday, August 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Walmart parking lot.
This event is organized by the North Carolina School Bus and Traffic Safety Unit of the NC Division of Motor Vehicles, partnering with the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and Haywood County Schools. The Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation with the NCDOT and a representative from the Waynesville Police and Fire Departments and the North Carolina Highway Patrol will also be in attendance to answer questions and discuss safety tips as well as rules of the road.
For children who are riding a school bus for the first time, the safety unit will have a school bus on hand for demonstration and for the children to tour and get comfortable with boarding procedures as well as helpful materials for parents and attendees to take home for review.
The goal of the safety fair is to teach bus riders and the motoring public the various hand and vehicle signs and signals that accompany school bus travel now.
“We are excited for the opportunity to host such an event that we hope to pay dividends for our children’s safety going to and coming from school. I want to encourage the parents of the kindergarten and elementary age children especially, to take advantage of this great opportunity to allow us to help with the safety education of their children,” said Sheriff Greg Christopher.
“The motoring public needs to understand who has to stop and what to look for. Not knowing when to stop is the biggest issue we see,” said Kent Frazier, manager of the School Bus and Traffic Safety Unit with the NCDMV.