Back to school
School children dressed in their new clothes and wearing their over-stuffed backpacks returned to school last week and this week, marking summer vacation’s end and the beginning of a new year. For the next nine months or so sidewalks near our great local schools will overflow with giggling children as they walked to and from school, hopefully without incident.
Just in case, now’s a great time to remind drivers to slow down and give your kids a pedestrian safety refresher course. Like those algebra equations, a few safety tips might have slipped from their minds over the summer break.
Safe Kids Worldwide, an organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, offers these pedestrian safety tips:
- If your child needs to use a cell phone, make sure they stop walking and find a safe area to talk. When using headphones, kids should be sure to look up and pay extra attention and remove the headphones when crossing the street.
- Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Most injuries happen mid-block or someplace other than intersections.
- It’s always best to walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Tell kids to look left, right and left again when crossing the street. Teach them to never run or dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
- Remind kids to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them and to watch out for cars that are turning or backing up.
Our schools’ crossing guards do a fantastic job keeping children safe but it’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure the only worry students have when walking to school is whether or not they packed that history assignment. Village Life hopes everyone — students, parents, teachers, etc. — have a fantastic school year.