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Aug 23

Police offer back-to-school safety tips

Posted on August 23, 2015 at 12:27 am by Clay Curtin

The new school year is here and parents, students and drivers should be aware of more pedestrian, bicycle, skateboard and vehicle traffic in the community. Commuters should expect increased congestion throughout the school week and build time into their schedules. Residents may also notice police officers posted in school zones helping ensure pedestrian safety as well as safe loading and unloading of students. Children should know safe routes to school and agree on a place to meet their parents or guardians afterward. Those under the age of 18 must wear a helmet when bicycling, riding a scooter, skating or skateboarding. Bicyclists must ride in the same direction as vehicular traffic. It is imperative to follow the directions of school crossing guards and to stow handheld devices so as not to be caught up in talking or texting. It is important to pay attention to what is going on around you. Parents should also ensure the school office has current emergency contact information on file. Visit the National Safety Council website for more back to school safety tips.