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First Day Of School Also Means Traffic Safety

With classes back in session at all Nevada County schools, starting today, it’s a also a safety reminder. The National Safety Council says most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related incidents are 4 to 7 years old…and they’re walking. They are hit by the bus, or a motorist illegally passing a stopped bus. Meanwhile, Chris Cochran, with the California Office of Traffic Safety, says school drop-off zones are also dangerous. While busses drop students off at the curb, that’s not always possible if they’re being dropped off by a parent or guardian from a car…

click to listen to Chris Cochran

Getting to school by car is now considered the most common mode of transportation for children. Cochran also reminds students to step back five giant steps from the road before boarding the bus…

click to listen to Chris Cochran

And while fewer kids now walk to class…if there’s no sidewalk, they should make sure they do it against oncoming traffic from the shoulder of a street or road. Also, if there’s no crosswalk, cross at an intersection. And refrain from wearing headphones or using a mobile device, and walk in a group, if possible.

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