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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 29, 2015) -- Students are returning to school and police departments all across central Indiana want to remind you to drive safely through school zones. Not just police, but kids too, want you to remember the basic safety rules of the road.

"Look at the speed limit, and drive slowly and carefully," is the advice of Brenna White of Carmel.

School zones are clearly marked. It shouldn't be hard to miss a fluorescent sign saying "school." If you do, central Indiana police officers will be out to remind you.

"To make drivers aware that, hey, there is a school here, the speed limit is 25 mph and it's gonna be like that for the next eight or nine months," said Officer Rafael Diaz with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD).

Kids have a job to do as well. Police say to walk on a sidewalk where possible and cross the street only in a cross walk. In April, a crosswalk and all way stop sign were installed by Nora Elementary School at 91st Street near College Avenue. That's where a 6-year-old was hit and killed by a car.

IMPD released the list below for everyone to be safe:

Walking to and from school:

  • Consider if your child is mature enough to walk to school
  • Consider walking with your child the first week
  • Make sure your child’s walk to school is a safe route and they cross whenever possible where a crossing guard is present
  • Always walk on a sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk and you have to walk in the road, always walk FACING traffic
  • Walk in groups
  • Before crossing the street, stop and look left, then right, then left again

Biking to and from school:

  • Always wear a helmet, no matter how short the ride
  • Ride on the right side, the same direction as traffic
  • Be seen – Be aware – Be predictable
  • Respect traffic lights and stop signs
  • Remember to always walk your bike across a crosswalk

Riding a school bus to and from school:

  • Arrive at bus stop at least 5 minutes before bus is scheduled to arrive
  • When bus approaches stay back until bus stops and driver opens doors
  • NEVER walk behind the bus
  • If you drop something near a bus tell the bus driver
  • Use handrails when entering or exiting bus
  • Always remain seated on a bus

Kayla White wants kids and drivers to pay attention.

"Just in case," White said. "They probably won't hit anybody, but just in case."