As children are heading back to school in and around Wichita, it’s important to teach them about safety on the sidewalks and while crossing the streets of Goddard, Derby or Andover.
If your child walks to school
The National Center for Safe Routes to School provides research on the safest routes for your children to get to school. It has significantly reduced children hurt while walking or riding their bicycles to school. Visit their website at http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/
Teach children that even if a pedestrian signal shows that it’s okay to cross the street, they should still stop, look and listen before they cross.
Inform your children that they should always walk, not run, while crossing the street. As they’re walking, they should continually be scanning the street for approaching cars.
Make sure your children know what school crosswalks are and where they are located. These intersections are safer because the ladder-striped crosswalk is more visible to drivers.
If your child takes the bus
Make sure your children know all the above safety tips to get to the bus stop safely.
Help your children leave the house early enough that they don’t have to rush to the bus stop.
Educate your children on the dangers of waiting for the bus on the street, rather than the safety of the sidewalk.
Teach your children about blind spots on a car or a bus and where they are located.
Have children avoid walking closely to the buses wheels or sides and to keep eye contact with the bus driver.
Let your children know if they drop anything under or near the bus, to first let the bus driver know and not to reach for it.
Before the age of 9, children have a difficult time judging speed or distance of approaching cars. Don’t assume your children know how to be safe on Wichita streets. Take the time to sit down and educate them on the dangers and how they can stay safe. Wichita drivers are reminded to slow down in school areas and be attentive to children on the sidewalk.
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