Milford School District School Resource Officer Joey Melvin urges walkers and drivers to take some precautions as the school year begins and traffic increases near local schools.
"It's important for drivers to be aware of our student walkers and to be vigilant in looking for them," Melvin said in a release. "It's also important for our walkers to be safe when traveling the roads."
Melvin offered a list of tips for both walkers and drivers to make sure the trip to and from school is made safely.
He advised that parents should walk their child's route each year to determine any changes or hazards. Walkers should make sure to use crosswalks, standing at the corner of the intersection and looking both ways before crossing. If no crosswalks are provided, he said to always walk facing traffic, watch for turning vehicles and make sure vehicles come to a complete stop before crossing.
Walkers should also never enter a street between parked cars due to limited visibility and walk far enough in front of stopped vehicles so they are clearly seen. He also said students should make sure to walk, not run, while crossing the streets.
As an added precaution, parents could add bright or reflective items to a child's backpack to help increase visibility.
Drivers also need to take extra time and precautions to ensure the safety of student walkers, Melvin said. He advised that drivers slow down and make sure to be alert and patient not only in school zones, but at intersections, median and curbs where students may travel to or from school.
Drivers should be prepared for children to enter the roadways, and should leave plenty of space when stopped near crosswalks so other drivers can see any approaching pedestrians.
Melvin also encouraged drivers to be patient when other vehicles are stopped for pedestrians, but not passing those vehicles. In conjunction with state law, he also reiterated that drivers should not be talking on cell phones or texting while driving.
For more information or additional safety tips contact (302) 430-7918 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.