Throughout South Florida, more than 700 Waste Management trucks are on the road every day, servicing more than 750,000 residential, commercial, industrial and recycling customers.
During the school year, this means we are sharing the roads with children who walk to school and the bus stop. Our drivers receive comprehensive training on a monthly basis to ensure that all of our children arrive at school safely each day.
We encourage you to speak openly with your children about safely walking to school. Here are a few tips to help get you started:
· Make sure your children know never to get near or climb on a Waste Management truck, whether it is parked or operating.
· Children should not follow the truck on a bike, skates or skateboard and should not play or stand in or around trash bins, since you may not know when the truck is coming to empty them.
· If your child listens to an iPod while they are walking to school, it is safer to keep one ear 'open'. Using only one of the ear buds will allow your child to hear vehicles approaching.
· It takes a garbage truck about twice as long to stop as a passenger car, so when driving you should never cut in front of it or stop suddenly.
· Because of their size, commercial vehicles have large blind spots on both sides. If a truck is passing you, step off of the road and give plenty of room for the truck to pass.
· Every Waste Management truck is equipped with a back-up alarm. Be alert and move out of the way if you hear the sound or see the white back-up lights.
For more walk-to-school safety tips, visit the Collier County Sheriff's Office website.
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